Full2 - Sanford Eliot B Sanford Emily Stinson EN 1113 20 Feb 2008 The News Media S O S(Same Old Sh Stuff The news media today has become a dreadful

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Sanford Eliot B. Sanford Emily Stinson EN 1113 20 Feb. 2008 The News Media: S. O. S. (Same Old Sh— Stuff) The news media today has become a dreadful and outrageous communication authority for America, and it struggles to stay afloat in a nation tired of calling out S.O.S., or same old sh —stuff in this case. The media has turned Britney Spears, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, and other celebrity personalities into the mainstream content of the news today. Not only do observers not care about these attention craving buffoons, but with no escape to such ridiculous pop culture icons and their selfishly tragic situations, the news has effectively become “the olds” (Rosenthal 703). News networks have become sinking ships of meaningless content involving the nation’s popular superstars, and the ship calls for a rapid response to S.O.S. The media commits too much coverage to worthless stories and forgets the relevant news, including international and domestic conflicts, optimistic and upbeat reports, and crucial and ground breaking material. To save the news media and return it to relevant news, it should stop showing gossip column material from the paparazzi virtually twenty-four hours, seven days a week, stop bombarding the public with continuously re-running news material, and stop focusing on the notion that ratings and viewership are all that matter when competing with other networks. Today’s news has become more irrelevant than informative by showcasing pop idols’ private lives and exploiting and stretching the unimportant stories. The news stations seem to find celebrities doing mundane actions as the most important issues facing the nation. The news media is constantly invading the lives of celebrities in order to have a story that will capture the 1
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Sanford most negative attention for right now rather than capture the most compelling story. Celebrities’ personal lives are bombarded for insignificant reports on their opinion about minor hearsay issues, such as media fabricated feuds or Don Imus’ idiotic comments. Most of these public figures would rather be left alone to peace and quiet, but the news media stretches stories in order to have news. Stars and their personal secrets are stalked like prey while the reporters salivate like wolves in a pack following them wherever they go. These wolves seek out personal
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course EN 1113 taught by Professor Stinson during the Spring '08 term at Mississippi State.

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Full2 - Sanford Eliot B Sanford Emily Stinson EN 1113 20 Feb 2008 The News Media S O S(Same Old Sh Stuff The news media today has become a dreadful

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