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Final Paper #1–Marisa Pooley and Michael Vail

February 24, 2011 5 comments

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Blog #13–Marisa Pooley

February 22, 2011 1 comment

For the final assignment, I am comparing the alternative news source, Alternet.org, with a more conventional source, Fox News. More specifically, I am comparing a news story about potentially passing a bill that will allow students and professors to carry concealed weapons on college campuses in Texas. Most of my research about this article will be qualitative. Already embedded in the two articles are interviews and quotes about the bill. This lends itself to qualitative research. Some of the interviews sited about peoples’ beliefs on the subject could be considered an ethnographic study. For example, the article from Fox News is predominantly about their reporters immersing themselves in the “culture in order to directly observe it,” (Pavlik, p.398). The reporters interviewed college professors and students in Texas to hear first-hand their thoughts on the proposed bill.

There will also be some quantitative research involved in my final paper. The Fox News article sites statistics from previous school shootings, like the death of fourteen people in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin. I will further research school shootings in order to strengthen my paper.

I think semiotics will also play a role in my final paper. Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols but can also encompass words. The word choice in the articles is very poignant. The words used in the alternet.org story are especially important in understanding the role of the media. A word like “scary,” is a signifier, and fear within people is the signified result. Words like scary are not used in the article from Fox News, but are used generously in alternet.org’s article.

 

 

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Blog #12–Marisa Pooley

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Both the Wall Street Journal and The Colbert Report reported on the story of Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi’s charges. Berlusconi has been indicted on charges of paying a seventeen-year-old girl to have sex with him. In his report, Stephen Colbert stated that the girl went to Berlusconi’s penthouse for a ‘Bunga Bunga Party.’ He used quotes and displayed a picture of a news article to add credibility to the Bunga Bunga account, however I think it is disputable whether this is in fact true. Needless to say, The Wall Street Journal article did not talk about “Bunga Bunga Parties.” Also, The Wall Street Journal did talk about Berlusconi’s attempt to cover-up the crime, but did not go in detail. The Colbert Report gave more information of the cover-up. It said that the seventeen-year-old girl stole some money, and Berlusconi proceeded to help hide that fact. He alleged that the girl is the granddaughter of Hosni Mubarak. Again, it is hard for me to believe this story entirely, probably due to Colbert’s satirical and humorous style of reporting news.

Stephen Colbert could be considered a yellow journalist because of his over-dramatization of stories. He also makes parts of the story up, such as saying that the girl in question could not be Mubarak’s granddaughter, because his granddaughter is named “Heidi Mubarak.” This statement was followed by a picture of Hosni Mubarak, wearing blond braids. Because The Colber Report is not a “real” news station, he does not seem to have to balance his stories. He can represent sides of the story unequally to give the story his own spin. He frames the story in a comedic way which invokes pessimism and disbelief in the audience.

The Colbert Report could be considered alternative journalism. This is different from conventional journalism because of the tone. While most other news vehicles take on a more neutral, serious lens, The Colbert Report uses satire and a mocking tone.

The Colbert Report relates to International Mass Communication theories in several ways. Stephen Colbert does not oppose the authoritarian theory because he does not challenge the U.S. government. However, it could be argued that he does oppose and undermine other nations’ governments. For example, in the most recent episode, he mocked the Italian government along with Berlusconi’s job as the Prime Minister. The libertarian theory, similar to freedom of speech, says that they can publish what they like. Stephen Colbert seems to say what he wants, but within reason. Again, he does not undermine or criticize the government to the point where he could get in trouble or taken off air. As far as the social responsibility theory, Colbert does a good job of adhering to the guidelines. He analyzes, explains, and interprets the news to his audience. He does include his biases and own framing of the story, but he still could be considered a reliable media source. The soviet theory says that media should be publicly owned and not controlled by the government. Government agencies still have the capability, though, to regulate and censor the material that is being published.

 

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Blog #11–Marisa Pooley

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Both the Wall Street Journal and The Colbert Report reported on the story of Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi’s charges. Berlusconi has been indicted on charges of paying a seventeen-year-old girl to have sex with him. In his report, Stephen Colbert stated that the girl went to Berlusconi’s penthouse for a ‘Bunga Bunga Party.’ He used quotes and displayed a picture of a news article to add credibility to the Bunga Bunga account, however I think it is disputable whether this is in fact true. Needless to say, The Wall Street Journal article did not talk about “Bunga Bunga Parties.” Also, The Wall Street Journal did talk about Berlusconi’s attempt to cover-up the crime, but did not go in detail. The Colbert Report gave more information of the cover-up. It said that the seventeen-year-old girl stole some money, and Berlusconi proceeded to help hide that fact. He alleged that the girl is the granddaughter of Hosni Mubarak. Again, it is hard for me to believe this story entirely, probably due to Colbert’s satirical and humorous style of reporting news.

Stephen Colbert could be considered a yellow journalist because of his over-dramatization of stories. He also makes parts of the story up, such as saying that the girl in question could not be Mubarak’s granddaughter, because his granddaughter is named “Heidi Mubarak.” This statement was followed by a picture of Hosni Mubarak, wearing blond braids. Because The Colber Report is not a “real” news station, he does not seem to have to balance his stories. He can represent sides of the story unequally to give the story his own spin. He frames the story in a comedic way which invokes pessimism and disbelief in the audience.

The Colbert Report could be considered alternative journalism. This is different from conventional journalism because of the tone. While most other news vehicles take on a more neutral, serious lens, The Colbert Report uses satire and a mocking tone.

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Blog #10–Marisa Pooley

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

After watching Channel 7 News twice, it has become obvious that the advertising is not random, but a very strategic plan. I watched the 11am news both times, which definitely influenced the commercials. The advertisers who partner with 7News realize that the target audience during the daytime is predominantly stay-at-home mothers and wives. The commercials were largely about groceries and new products. I noticed that in the two different days that I watched the news, Progresso and Green Giant Vegetables advertised. This made it clear that the 11 o’clock news is directed toward the grocery shopper of a household. This is an example of branding. Branding is the process of creating a clear identity for a particular company’s product, logo, or trademark. The branding of Green Giant is very successful. Green Giant has become synonomous with frozen vegetables. Progresso is advertised as being a healthier option for canned soup. This makes it more appealing to women and wives who are interested in nutritious but quick meals. Thus, these types of advertisements have helped to “brand” the 11 o’clock Channel 7News. It is clear who the target audience is, just by watching the commercials.

 

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Blog #9–Marisa Pooley

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Big news in Denver and among the NBA is Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony’s next move. One of many articles on the subject, the Denver Post’s, Chris Dempsey, discusses this in, “Nuggets Carmelo Anthony would take ‘real hard look ‘ at re-signing, if no trade.”

It is public knowledge that Anthony’s contract with the Nuggets expires at the end of the 2011 season. Rumors are also circling about Anthony being traded or voluntarily leaving Denver. Thought the New York Knicks have made their interest clear, the most recent rumors surround a trade with the LA Lakers. If Anthony is not traded by February 24th, he said he would “Take a real hard look” at signing the three year contract extension with the Nuggets, promising him $65 million.

When reading this article, it is important to keep “framing” in mind. Framing is the idea that stories are told in “particular ways” to influence the reader. This article is from a local Denver newspaper. Denverites idolize Carmelo Anthony, dreading the thought that he may be traded. Thus, this article may be bias and have an intentional viewpoint. The article paints Anthony as an innocent, devoted Nuggets player, who would prefer to stay here. It seems as though the decision is completely out of Anthony’s control, despite rumors that he wants to leave. Also, the article is framed to reassure Nuggets fans. By using words like Anthony “brushed off recent reports…,” and “Although he is keeping his options open, he hadn’t talked publicly…until today.” These phrases are to ease the reader. If Carmelo Anthony is shrugging off the rumors about being traded, saying he had never even heard of a deal with the Lakers, fans must think the previous reports are incorrect. The frame of this article was to calm readers’ fears of the Anthony’s exit and to reaffirm his status as a prime basketball player.

 

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