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    Unnecessary Articles In Journalism

    Have you ever read a headline while reading the news, whether it’s considered a serious platform or not, where you truly question why someone would write a whole article dedicated to something so trivial? How is it possible today to see two articles side by side about two drastically different subjects like "Baby Found Amongst Rubble in Syria" right next to "Will Selena Gomez Ever Wear a Bra Again"? I understand that the world can’t always focus on the negative aspects of life all the time but shouldn’t we start to question how nitpicking an famous individual is a better news alternative?

    • I feel that "unnecessary" might be a bit subjective. I could be wrong, but it feels more like you want to critique the online news cycle and clickbait, as compared to print journalism standards. Some questions that could be asked: Who writes clickbait? Why is there a prevalence of clickbait articles on the internet? How has internet journalism changed which topics are highlighted by news websites? How has ad revenue impacted headline choices? And how do algorithms give very different headlines equal standing on any given website? – Eden 9 months ago
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    • I think it could be useful to explore where we draw the line between "Buzzfeed journalism" and "New York Times journalism" (for example). Are either one of these less legitimate than the other? In a world where SEM and SEO increasingly rule, and newsrooms are shrinking, which urge wins-- the urge to write material of quality and truth and intellect, or the urge to actually get people to read it and make a little money off of it? Is there a way to combine both? – haileyscomet 6 months ago
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    • Celebrity gossip is unnecessary. Who cares if the dress is black or white (or whatever it was) or who has broken up with whom? On the other hand, it would be nice to see more articles about a hobby or genre of music or something. Interesting, but not stupid. – OkaNaimo0819 5 months ago
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    I believe that Jon was the ultimate leader for reasons of compassion, understanding, and the general respect he already had due to his association with Ned. The Seven Kingdoms already judged Jon’s leadership because of the overall respect Ned already had and the general hatred towards Cersi, and the people already had some idea of the person that could be a better replace. Danny was the unknown. The people had many reservations due to her fathers wild background and the fact that she had created the same weapon that gave her dad that background. However, the constant pattern of misogyny does run throughout the discussion of better leadership as a woman taking control is still viewed as violent and unnecessary compared to if Jon did the same.

    Jon Snow vs Daenerys Targaryen: What Makes True Leadership

    From my perspective, falling in love with fictional characters is a very common way of creating a fictional reality of which you compare the real world. Growing up and reading multiple romantic novels and watching movies/TV shows, I began to develop the ways in which love can be represented and interpreted. It truly does affect the development of standards in our ordinary world of imitation. Fictional characters that are frequently associated with individuals falling in love are this perfected personalities that are based on their specific realities that will only be reflective in that fictional world. Since we can’t find a way to enter those fictional realities, we’ll just have to manage expectations of our own but still vicariously living through that fictional life.

    Can You Really Fall In Love With a Fictional Character?

    Gender-based violence will forever exist as long as the path of inequality continues, which it has for many centuries. Although feminism has helped with strides into equality, a large portion of the world still believes this inequality is”how things should be.” Game of Thrones representing all the different ways women are harmed throughout the series shows that women are easily vulnerable in countless scenarios. While raising awareness for gender-based violence was the intent, I don’t believe it was necessary for the constant degradation of women. There are so many ways to raise awareness for such issues but to stray from the original plots of the books for such an intense replacement questions if this will raise awareness against gender-based violence or is it an unnecessary form of humiliation for women who have had that representation happen for them personally.

    Why do the Women of Game of Thrones Suffer So Much?

    The argument of whether or not someone is allowed to touch on subjects that don’t necessarily involve them has become stronger than ever today. People are either worried about offending the other party or how their work will be vilified in one way or another for trying to increase awareness. Once a certain diverse character is on display for entertainment that automatically leaves room for criticism. If you follow the guidelines of how to be more diverse you might be considered too stereotypical and if you try to stray from the ordinary you’re considered abandoning traditions and culture of the character. Finding balance within anything in life is key. There are so many subcategories to every single person that it will be difficult to achieve representation. However, with true and full background research of the character the writer is going for, it will be one step closer to having many believe they’re having their story read instead.

    Pursuing Equity When Writing Diverse Characters

    The idea of Ouija and all it’s glory is that it relies on personal beliefs as well as the build up of information gathered around them. Although people are afraid of death and the unknown, they also crave the gains received from building onto the curiosity of something that will probably never be truly revealed. Now Ouija and other incidents related to the unknown has become part of a business ploy. This is another representation of capitalism as topics that truly do hold significance, or do they? In a cultural determinist perspective, society’s constant discussion of the unknown and the triggering effects of curiosity has naturally led businesses in the path of revenue from a topic once considered sacred as mentioned above regarding the difference of what would scare previous centuries.

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