The Media are America’s Biggest Drama Queens

POLICING THE PUNDITS

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In another class, we were assigned an essay based on a clip from The Daily Show and I thought it was relevant to the blog and how the media sustain the “agenda-setting” theory. In this clip linked below, Jon Stewart criticized the media for sensationalizing urban myths instead of focusing on more important issues like gun violence. Last December the media claimed that a new game was running rampant among our nation’s youth: the “Knockout Game,” where teens approach strangers on the street and punch them in the face. While some claimed this game has existed since 1994, others think that it is a publicity stunt. Stewart mocked the media’s dramatic response to the problem and mentioned that they also overreacted to flash mobs, car surfing and biting trends in the past. He then redirected the attention toward a story that actually has substance: gun violence. While the…

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