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The News and I- Class Reflections

Two words that our group seemed to defer to when describing the news were biased and boring.  Nearly every student made it clear that he/she did not just follow the news blindly, believing everything that was heard.  In Derek Tickle's video, he revealed an instance when the news was giving incorrect information on an event taking place directly behind the reporters.  Towers were collapsing, and the reporter stated that both had fallen, when, in reality, one was still standing.  Jeanine O'Neal created her own news page, and in it commented on readers' tendency to skip right to the comics.  Ironically, after Jeanine presented, Diana Griffin showed the class a comic strip she drew, depicting her distaste for watching and reading the news. 

While not so long ago it may have been standard to sit down and watch the evening news on the television, our group mainly gathered news from the internet.  Whether, CNN or Yahoo, the internet was seen as a preferable means to stay informed of current events, because it was faster and easier to find several views on the same issue, and pinpoint prejudice. 

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Aja Hannah said:

Sometimes, even on the internet, its hard to find which sources are biased (it could be argued that al of them are). There are, of course, those that obviously despise the other party, but then there are the "good" journalists who are mainly objective.

But you are right. It's easier to pinpoint prejudice and fiction. If something seems wrong in an article, you can just copy/paste the fact into google and it will spit out where it came from. As long as a reader doesn't take everything to heart (especially if they read unprofessional blogs), they wil remain correctly informed.

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