Archive | September, 2012

Themis

27 Sep

In this picture you see The Statue of Justice. The Statue of Justice is a female, Themis, to be exact the Greek Goddess of Law and Justice. She is blindfolded to represent that justice is not subject to influence. She is also raising a scale in her right hand, which represents the impartiality that justice is served. And in her left hand, which is replaced by a monsters claw,she  holds a sword that has the words “Capital Punishment” engraved on it.  The sword represents the power that is held by those making the decision.  The monster’s claw, meaning varies on the individual.

Essay 1

25 Sep

Gissele Beltran
English 113A
Professor Klepper
Tu,Thr:9:30-10:45

More and more people are turning away from traditional news and switching to a more comedic form, such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In the article “The Good, the Bad, and The Daily Show” by Jason Zinser, Zinser describes both the good and bad The Daily Show has to offer. The Daily Show with John Stewart is a political satirical television program, aired late nights on Comedy Central. The Daily Show’s main focus is politics and national media. John Stewart uses comedy to address the political and national issues, not taking in mind the sensitivity of these issues. Even though, The Daily Show might be diverting for some, I believe that The Daily Show is misleading and therefore, question the accuracy and quality of the “fake” news media. But like Zinser, I have to acknowledge the fact that the creators of these programs are not afraid of offending political parties, big companies, or the individual.

Are satirical news programs actually providing the viewers with accurate, quality news or are they just comedic? Are we really taking in the information? Thousands of people tune in to watch The Daily Show and “whether people tune in to be entertained, to be informed, or both, the fact is that The Daily Show shapes people’s perspective on the world”, Zinser argues. So can we really trust the facts we are receiving from these so called “news reports”? In my opinion, while watching The Daily Show, I was completely misguided by the comedy and became ignorant to the issue at hand, which defeated the point of getting informed. This is because the creators are so focused on making it funny that they forget what their main motive is: delivering a more enjoyable form of a news broadcast. Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, a senior analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy stated, “People who watch The Daily Show are more interested in the presidential campaign, more educated, younger, and more liberal than the average American or than Leno or Letterman viewers”. Although, The Daily Show may attract younger and liberal viewers this does not mean that they are actually getting informed. In fact all Goldthwaite is saying, is that these satirical news programs attract a different and somewhat difficult audience, but it is because, like he mentioned they are younger. So these satirical programs appeal to their needs by sprinkling comedy on something that they would normally overlook. This is when questioning the accuracy and quality of these programs should be taken in account.

Although I have reasons to dislike The Daily Show, there come times to positively accept that it brings out the truth in political affairs and has no limit on how much they present, or what they say to the public. Stewart states,“ I think we don’t make things up. We just distill it to, hopefully, its most humorous nugget. And in that sense faked and skewed just because we don’t have to… pretend to be objective. We can just put it out there”. I agree that objectivity is what makes these satirical news programs a success. The Daily Show for example, brings out the truth in political affairs, because they do not have a limit to how little or how much they can say to the public. Whereas traditional news media, have a hold. They are not allowed to criticize one political party based on their own judgments, instead they stay neutral. John Stewart brings to light the dirt on each candidate and provides a fair informed news report to the public. Traditional news media have a different approach, they focus on what the candidates are planning to do once in office, but do not really emphasize who they are, and what experience prepared them to become president. Besides being a form of entertainment, and putting my feelings aside, I understand that if there is one thing satirical programs can truly offer the public, it is without a doubt objectivity.

To wrap it all up, satirical news programs will without a doubt continue to grow. The world is changing, society is changing and the way we receive news will continue to change in the years to come, in order to satisfy the public’s changing perspective. I have argued what I perceive to be a misleading form of news broadcasting, because the more you sugar coat news the less information we take from it. I honestly began to watch The Daily Show because it was indeed a better source than “boring old” traditional news, I was open to the comedy, I mean of course it’s nice to laugh a little here and there, but there needs to be a fine line as to when it is appropriate, and when it needs to serious. I also mentioned objectivity, and how these satirical programs use it in a way that helps the public, rather than blind them. I understand the need for objectivity in news, but I would prefer them be presented in a more sensitive way. This way the public has a serious approach when it comes down to the issue at hand, rather than them be amused by the comedy, that they forget what they are watching.

Work Citied
Reilly, Ian. “Satirical Fake News And/as American Political Discourse.” Journal of American Culture, 35.3 (2012): 258-275.
Trier, James. “‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’: Part 1.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51.5 (2008): 424-427.
Trier, James. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Part 2.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51.7 (2008): 600-605.

Zinser, Jason. “The Good, the Bad, and The Daily Show.” They Say, I Say with Readings. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein and Russell Durst. 2nd ed. New York City, USA: Norton & Company, Inc., 2012. 20. Print.

Rough Draft #1

18 Sep

Gissele Beltran
113A
Tu,Thr:9:30-10:45

More and more people are turning away from traditional news and switching to a more comedic form, such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In the article “The Good, the Bad, and The Daily Show” by Jason Zinser. Zinser describes both the good and the bad that The Daily Show has to offer. The Daily Show with John Stewart is a political satirical television program, aired late nights on Comedy Central. The Daily Show’s main focus is politics and national media. “People who watch The Daily Show are more interested in the presidential campaign, more educated, younger, and more liberal than the average American or than Leno or Letterman viewers,” said Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, a senior analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy. Although, The Daily Show offers objectivity, since the creators are not afraid of offending political parties, big companies, or the individual. I believe that, The Daily Show is misleading and therefore, question the accuracy and quality of the “fake” news media.

Although I have reasons to dislike The Daily Show, there come times to positively accept that it brings out the truth in political affairs and has no limit on how much they present, or what they say to the public. Stewart states,“ I think we don’t make things up. We just distill it to, hopefully, its most humorous nugget. And in that sense faked and skewed just because we don’t have to… pretend to be objective. We can just put it out there”. I definitely think objectivity is what makes these satirical news programs such a success. The Daily Show for example, bring out the truth in political affairs, they do not have a limit to how much, or what they can say to the public. Whereas traditional news media, can only say so much, they are not allowed to criticize one party based on their judgments, but stay neutral. John Stewart brings to light the dirt on each candidate and provides a fair informed news report, to the public. Traditional news media have a different approach by focusing on what the candidates are offering to do, but not who they are and what they are really going to do about the situation. Besides being a form of entertainment, I feel like this is, the one thing satirical programs such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report can truly do since they are not censored by the big boss.

Thousands of people tune in to watch The Daily Show and “whether people tune in to be entertained, to be informed, or both, the fact is that The Daily Show shapes people’s perspective on the world”, Ted Koppel argues. So can we really trust the facts we are receiving from these so called news reports? In my opinion, while watching The Daily Show, I was a bit confused. There are times when I did not understand what was going on, or I misunderstood the information given to me. This is because the creators are so focused on making it funny that they forget what their main goal is: delivering a more enjoyable form of a news broadcast. This is when questioning the accuracy and quality of these programs comes to mind.

We all watch the news to get informed. Are satirical news programs actually providing viewers with accurate, quality news or are they just comedic? Are we really taking in the information? The Daily show offers us our dose of daily news but they do it their way. Comedy is sometimes the only way to get some people or a certain age group to actually pay attention to what they are saying.

Work Citied
Reilly, Ian. “Satirical Fake News And/as American Political Discourse.” Journal of American Culture, 35.3 (2012): 258-275.
Trier, James. “‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’: Part 1.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51.5 (2008): 424-427.
Trier, James. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Part 2.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51.7 (2008): 600-605.

Letter to Brittney

18 Sep

Dear Brittney,

Hello Brittney, its Gissele, so I read this really interesting article

about The Daily Show, and since you told me you really liked that show, I

figured I’d tell you a little bit about it. The article is called, The Good, the

Bad, and The Daily Show by Jason Zinser. This article is basically

describing the pros and cons to watching The Daily Show or any other type

of “fake” news, here’s why I want you to read it.

In this article Jason Zinser, the author, presents what he calls

“virtues” in other words the pros of “fake” news. He begins by mentioning

its attraction to a different population. Since I know you love watching The

Daily Show and not the actual news, I thought it was perfect, for you. Zinser

also goes on by saying that this form of “news” is actually not afraid to say

how they really feel about certain companies, parties, or just people in

general. As oppose to other news broadcast, who are limited to what they

may say, or may think. Zinser also happens to mention the “vices” or

cons of “fake” news. He states that “fake” news is misleading, and should

not be taken so serious. I sort of agreed with him, because The Daily Show

or “fake” news in general, don’t really spend to much time explaining

themselves, they just move on from topic to topic. Then again you might

disagree with this, especially because this is usually your only news source.

The accuracy is also questioned in this article. I actually agree with this one

mostly because it’s a comedic form of news and they might get there facts

wrong and that’s not something I’d be okay with, I don’t know about you,

but I’d like to know that what I’m hearing is the truth. Of course like I said

you might disagree with this article, but then again you might agree with

some of it. It has really interesting arguments which I think you’ll enjoy,

because I know I did. Besides you like The Daily Show, so I feel like this

sheds a little bit more light on this particular type of “fake” news. Anyways

Brittney, I really feel like you’ll find this article interesting so I really

recommend it, again the title is, The Good, the Bad, and The Daily Show by

Jason Zinser. And again these are just some of the reason I liked, but if you

want to know more you’ll just have to read it.

Letter to Jason Zinser By: Gissele Beltran

18 Sep

Dear Jason Zinser,

My name is Gissele Beltran, I recently read your article, The Good,

the Bad, and The Daily Show, and was very interested by your response

regarding the show. I would like to begin by introducing myself, again my

name is Gissele Beltran I am a freshman at California State University,

Northridge and am very fond of The Daily Show, I feel like you back up

your opinions. I agree with your statement that “fake” news have their pros

& cons. The virtues as you describe them, are pretty much reasonable, I feel

like you did an amazing job explaining why “fake” news can be beneficial,

such as; its appeal to a different population, its relevance, its objectivity, and

the fact that they’re not afraid to offend anything such as political parties,

religion, and even the individual person. In my opinion, The Daily Show

truly does appeal to others, mostly due to its comedic flair, but also because

it actually delivers the news, and people want to pay attention to what’s

being said. You also happened to mention that The Daily Show, “imparts a

kind of knowledge that traditional news can’t”, which is very true and is

probably why people like it so much, and also like I said before, The Daily

Show doesn’t care to offend certain groups or individuals. Now of course

you offered the virtues of The Daily Show, but you also mention the vices,

which in my opinion were very beneficial. I think one of the biggest issue

with these so called “fake news, are the fact that some might find them

misleading. Although The Daily Show is both entertaining and informing to

the public. I feel like that they don’t really focus on the issue at hand, but

lightly shed the light on it, and calling it a news report. I also like how you

questioned the responsibility and accuracy of the “fake” news. I mean of

course there delivering current news, but are they really getting to the point.

I agree that in order to create a “fake” news cast, they must first see the

traditional news, so it’s not really an alternative just a different perspective.

Again your insight regarding The Daily Show was very interesting, I am

very happy to say that indeed there are good and bad things that come from

this form of news cast, that may or may not be helpful to others. Thank you

so much for your article Mr. Zinser.

Katy Perry By: Gissele Beltran

18 Sep

Dear Katy Perry,
My name is Gissele Beltran, and I am writing to you, because I am a huge fan of yours and would love to know, how and why you do what you do? I am currently a freshman at California State University, Northridge and am just so amazed by your persona. You are such an open individual, so creative, and so inspiring to millions around the world. I’ve seen you preform and I’ve heard you music and am so inspired by the way you carry yourself out. I am truly curious to know, who you are as a person, underneath all the fame. What inspires your lyrics? How you overcame and overcome struggles in your life? What your aspirations are, besides music? And what advice you would give to someone like me? I have seen you open your heart to the world through your music and truly find it inspiring, not just because your music is amazing, but because your lyrics are so deep and knowledgeable. I would love an opportunity to work with you, not as an aspiring musician, but as a woman in the making. You have truly touched my life and would love it if you considered taking me in as an intern. I feel I would learn so much from you, both professionally, but also personally. I know your a busy woman, but I would really like the opportunity to grow as an individual, and I feel that you are the role model I need in order to break through my bubble and experience what the world has to offer. Like you said, “ If you don’t believe in a dream, no one else will do it for you”, and this is my dream.

“The Good, the Bad, and the Daily Show” By: Jason Zinser Summary By: Gissele Beltran

18 Sep

In this article, Zinser offers the pros & cons of The Daily Show, a comedy news broadcast. Zinser then suggests, “whether or not the fake news is, on the whole, beneficial or damaging to society.” He mentions two cons to “fake” news such as; deception and dilution and how it is sometimes misleading. Zinser refers to Matthew Baum who says that the good thing about “fake” news is that this form actually attracts a portion of a population. But also states, “it’s not just about the content, but the quality of the information.”

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15 Sep

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