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Vidovic 1 Sara Vidovic Professor Smith English 100 J8 July 12, 2011 What is News Summary In the chapter titled “What is News?” in Neil Postman’s and Steve Power’s novel How to Watch TV News, the authors begin by asking the reader upfront what “news actually is. By the end of the chapter the reader realizes that “news” is an ambiguous term; it does not have an absolute definition. The motive of the authors is not to objectively define “news,” but to compel the reader to explore how he or she would define it after being better informed of how others see “news.” Those who haven’t thoroughly thought about the news resort to simplistic and broad definitions . For instance, some claim that the news is what it is, nothing more, nothing less. Although literally correct, by accepting this definition, we forfeit the right to question the news or form our own conceptions of it. Others define the news as the day’s events only to realize that this definition is too broad. In editing their answer, many will say that the news consists of “important and interesting” things that happened that day leaving open the question of what classifies as important and interesting.
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Vidovic 2 However, it is in everyone’s perception of “important and
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course ENGLISH 100 taught by Professor Smith during the Summer '11 term at San Mateo Colleges.

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