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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:57 pm    Post subject: GRAFFITI JOURNALISM
From Sat Sep 06, 2008 3:00 am to Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:59 am (included)
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Just spent the weekend removing graffiti.

A pretty nasty development that is once again becoming a very serious problem.

Vandals thinking that they have the right to force their tag, or in some cases their opinion, by destroying property that is not theirs with their spray painted scrawls.

We are doing our best to remove these tags thereby giving the property owner back what was theirs.

While removing two rather large and disturbing tags (see photos below) I began to think that this is not very much different from what is happening with mainstream journalism these days.

Opinions continue to be forced upon us in the name of news.

Networks, newspapers and magazines align themselves with a particular point of view and only report on the side with which they agree

Candidates make speeches and then the reporters (we will get back to that term) basically reap praise on their candidate of choice and take apart the one with whom they disagree.

How in all good conscience can these people continue to state “reporting live?”

Reporting is by definition; “to make or present an often official, formal, or regular account of”

When is the last time you saw or heard that during this campaign?

Just like these graffiti vandals they are forcing their opinions on properties they do not own.

Newscasts and newspapers are supposed to report the news.

Not just one side based on the reporters’ views.

At least when candidates are on the air there is supposed to be equal time awarded to the opposing candidate.

Unfortunately there are no such rules when it comes to “reporting”

And just like graffiti it is getting out of hand.

Just my opinion.


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