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authenticity of the fact that she doesn’t know what she’s doing . In contrast to the
epistemological certainty of traditional journalism, Barrymore becomes the non-expert,
the anti-journalist. In turn, she engages in an emotional journey of self-education, not the
dispassionate solicitation of information. This journalism of subjective engagement
explicitly is placed in binary opposition to the professional paradigm when she tries to
‘‘cover’’ the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. She attends a campaign appearance
by Wesley Clark, where she appears lost in a crowd of ‘‘real’’ reporters. As Clark walks past
her without giving a second look, she smiles meekly at the camera. On Clark’s campaign
bus, she finally gets a chance to ask him a question about youth alienation from politics.
Clearly nervous, she speaks softly, and other reporters yell for her to speak louder. Clark
then gives her a trite answer, pats her on the shoulder condescendingly, and tells her he
has to take other, presumably more legitimate, questions.
Both Clark and the mainstream press refuse to take Barrymore seriously, a point
reinforced in the next scene, in which Barrymore reads the local paper the following
morning. The camera zooms in on a photograph of her trying to question Clark under a
prominent headline reading ‘‘Get off the bus, Angel.’’ An attempt at boundary
maintenance, the headline belittles her efforts at political reporting, suggesting that the
‘‘angel’’ (a demeaning, gendered reference to her role in the ‘‘Charlie’s Angels’’ films) had
no place literally among the boys on the bus. In an age when young people pay little
attention to traditional political journalism, however, Barrymore’s film asks us to think
carefully about who does belong ‘‘on the bus’’ * what it means to be a journalist and how
one can explain politics to young people. P Diddy: Admiring Authority
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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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