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‘‘demonstrators’’ (TRL’s studio audience) in chanting ‘‘CHOOSE . . . OR LOSE!’’ As he passes
the camera, he shouts ‘‘we’re coming!’’ Although obviously staged, the scene connotes
political activism, perhaps reminiscent of the civil rights movement. Blurring the line
between journalism and social advocacy, Sway is further differentiated from a traditional
model of journalism, his purpose not just to inform, but to give voice to a group that
traditionally has had little expression in the spheres of news or politics. He thus moves
away from a notion of journalism as the transmission of information and toward one of
journalism as a forum for public voices. Christina Aguilera: Celebrated Expertise
Yago’s and Sway’s authority is enabled and bounded by the neo-journalistic
institution of MTV News. The next three models of authority, however, originate in the
sphere of celebrity. One of these is represented by pop singer Christina Aguilera, who
hosts the program Sex, Votes, and Higher Power . Aguilera’s show is similar to Drug Laws ,
combining emotional narratives with factual explanation of issues including abstinenceonly sexual-education curricula, government funding for shelters for battered women, and
abortion. Especially in discussing the latter, the program strives to remain neutral, giving
equal voice to a young woman who had an abortion and another who did not, who both
say the candidates’ stands on abortion would determine their vote. That segment also
explains the president’s role in nominating Supreme Court justices and the current
alignment of the court.
In most ways, Aguilera’s performance resembles Yago’s. She narrates voice-over
written in the language of objective fact and unbiased explanation. Her claims about what
is are supported by statistics, soundbites, and standard news footage of Bush and Kerry.
She conducts neutral interviews with a range of people, at times asking challenging
questions, but never revealing her own stand on the issues. Given the fact that most
network news stori...
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2014 for the course ARTEDUC 2367.03 taught by Professor Tiffanylewis during the Spring '14 term at Ohio State.
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