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Ali Buschel: Paper #4 -- 2/19/2006 Penn State University Abington College HIS 021 Sec 002 American Civilization Since 1877 – Dr. Prushankin Interpreting Visual Sources: Photography and Progressive Reform  in  For the Record: A  Documentary History of the United States , Shi and Mayer eds. Second edition. Pp. 151-160 Question : Was Riis practicing a form of “yellow journalism”? Why or why not? What is your reaction to the fact that Riis frequently “staged” his photographs, positioning people and their possessions for dramatic effect? Yellow journalism can be defined as “biased opinion masquerading as objective fact” (“Yellow Journalism”). It involves untrue or partially untrue stories and deceiving images. The purpose of this type of journalism is to essentially boost newspaper sales and arouse public opinion (“Yellow Journalism”). Journalist Jacob Riis did not practice a form of yellow journalism. Some feel that the poor deserve to be poor because they are lazy and that if they really wanted to, they could make money and a life for themselves. Others, like Jacob Riis, feel that it is out of their hands and that they are “the victims rather than the makers of their fate” (“Jacob Riis”). Riis was a Danish immigrant and before becoming a
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