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Delay for Comment #4

July 17, 2012

Given the natural confusion and scrambling over the Team Projects, I have waited until now to post the assignment for Comment #4. It’s pretty simple and very short, and you have until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, to post. You are to choose any bit of non-news information from the Internet and to identify the Information Neighborhood — from the grid I distributed last Thursday — in which it best fits. Then, in no more than three sentences, explain why you think this is so, and explain what conditions would have had to have been met for it to be considered news. The format for your Comment #4 should look like this:


This article represents Publicity/Propaganda/Advertising/Entertainment/Raw Info because blah, blah, blah. For it to represent news, it would have to have been blah, blah, blah. A third sentence, if necessary or helpful, would go here.





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  1. July 17, 2012 3:25 pm

    This article represents advertising. I believe it to be advertising because the structuring of the article puts a lot of emphasis on where you can buy it, how much it cost, and even the advertisement from the company that makes the product. To become news it should structure the article differently to have all the advertisements arranged in a way to not distract from the facts.

  2. schuyler houfek permalink
    July 17, 2012 6:19 pm

    This article represents raw information. It is raw info because it doesnt focous on anyone in particular. It was just information with no added value except job outlook. For this to be news it would have to talk about upcoming jobs, recent job outlook, and stats about jobs from this year.

  3. July 18, 2012 11:46 am

    This article represents Entertainment information. It is entertainment because it focuses on humor/amusement from loud-mouth, obnoxious Roseanne Barr speaking out (doing a Comedy Central Roast) on David Letterman directed to Obama about “Leaving her weed alone!” and how she disagrees with porn stars wearing condoms, “Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves over that one.” For this to represent entertainment, entertainment “stars”-actress/comedians, etc, would have to focus their attention on humoring the public audience, which in return, gives the entertainment stars higher “watch” ratings.

    • July 18, 2012 12:50 pm

      Just in case my previous post was news related…

      This article represents Entertainment because it focuses on the humor on 15 new words that might actually make into the Collins dictionary. This article is focused for all the public to see but is definitely met for humor with these new words: Legbomb, Cray, YOLO, Tebowing, Omnishambles, Creeping, Mantyhose, Tweeps, Twitlit, Carmageddon, Trendfear, Gazanging, Photobombing, Lollage, Amazeballs. For it to represent entertainment, it would amuse the audience with the additions to this dictionary.

  4. Ashley Gomes permalink
    July 18, 2012 12:28 pm

    This article represents Entertainment/Publicity/ and Raw Info because they are using drama and humor for the peoples entertainment, such as pairing Kim Kardashian with Soren Kierkergaard based on tweets. In this article they are also using Publicity by blasting Kim Kardashians’ past in the article. Quote on quote “After all, no one really knew about her first husband. And aside from the infamous sex tape, whatever she and Ray J shared, well, the whole world has practically shared by now.” Kim may not agree to this article, but now the news is making it public. Raw information is also within this article because anyone can have access to this information. For it to represent news, it would have to have some sort of information on Kim Kardashian possibly doing something good and informing us on something she‘s not famous for already, it would also have to bypass the third-party to be posted on the internet but I highly doubt Kim would agree to this, therefore they can post whatever they choose to without consent. This article fits perfectly within the neighborhood information grid.

  5. Gregory Gold permalink
    July 18, 2012 12:33 pm

    This article is represents information about the riders and the future competitions. It does not focus on one competition in particular. It also gives explains each individual cable parks location.

  6. Dan Surgan permalink
    July 18, 2012 3:23 pm,_1984

    This article about the 1984 presidential election is not a news story because it the source of the information is provided by a site that allows user editing (wikipedia). It is also extremely untimely. It’s neighborhood would probably be considered as raw information.

  7. Brendan Koning permalink
    July 18, 2012 4:25 pm,,20612756,00.html

    This article represents entertainment because it is about a celebrity that is well known throughout the country. This would have been news if it had information that would have been relevant to society. The actions of a Kardashian does not impact anyone except said Kardashian.

  8. Adam Santa Fe permalink
    July 18, 2012 6:39 pm

    This my friends is entertainment at its best. We realy don’t need to know what roller coasters cost or were the new ones are going up are at. We just want the trill of riding a fast and wild riding coaster.

  9. Nate Hicks permalink
    July 18, 2012 7:21 pm

    This article is a clear example of propaganda. I believe this to be true because PETA is using scare tactics to try to persuade the public to stop eating meat. In order for this to be news PETA would need to include factual information about the negative effects of killing and eating animals.

  10. Lindsay D permalink
    July 18, 2012 8:08 pm

    This article is an example of entertainment and advertisement because it shows the thrill of outdoor sports photography to adventure enthusiasts as well as mentioning the brand and style of camera used. It would have been considered news if they would have went into depth of the person’s life or significance of the shot. This brief article is entertaining and exciting to browse through, but has no significant “newsworthiness”.

  11. Janelle Silva permalink
    July 18, 2012 11:10 pm

    I feel That this non-news item would be classified somewhere in between advertising and publicity. For it to be filed under a news item it would have to be actionable and uncover facts. Rather than informing society, it is trying to gain hype and make a profit for The Travel Channel by getting viewers excited to tune in when the episode airs.

  12. Jessica Sotelo permalink
    July 19, 2012 3:04 pm

    I think this article fits under the neighborhoods of propaganda and publicity because the account is very one-sided and biased. It’s only puropse was to get attention off of Romney for false accusations that Obama made about him. Romney’s wife wants to make Romeny seem like the one person that the U.S. can turn to in this time of much needed change.

  13. Eusebio Moreno permalink
    July 19, 2012 4:57 pm

    This article represents PROPAGANDA/PUBLICITY/ENTERTAINMENT information; because, the 500 fans of the minor league baseball team (the Lake Elsinore Storm), that attempted to set a world record for the most people “Tebowing” in unison; did so with the intention of persuading the general public’s opinion to include public prayer in sports events. These fans believe that setting a world record will help them gain popularity and positive attention to their cause of “Fellowship Prayer” by arousing people’s emotions. For it to represent news, the information presented would have to have been meant to inform and educate the public so that they can rely and act on the information they are learning.

  14. Alex Smythe permalink
    July 19, 2012 7:25 pm,28830/

    This website, “The Onion” is known for its entertainment and news-like delivery of phony information. However, the quality of the videos and articles seem to be just as good as its “real” counterparts, which can lead people down the wrong road into believing it may be real. For it to be considered news, it would have to be truthful and have credibility.

  15. Michael Mora permalink
    July 19, 2012 8:28 pm
    The website above, and the articles accompanied represent public propaganda because Newt Gingrich attempts to persuade individuals to part with money for, and vote for his political campaign. The site includes certain language such as the name, “Winning Our Future,” and the title of articles, such as “Newt’s 21st Century Contract With America,” Additionally, visitors to the site can “Invest in America,” “Build our Team,” or “Join our Team,” all manipulative salesman language, characteristic of public propaganda.

  16. Nurjahan Khatun permalink
    July 20, 2012 5:17 pm,28806/?ref=auto

    The above website and the article accompanied represent propaganda, and can be used as an entertainment for the non-believers. It basically, says that “God Admits Humans Not Most Impressive Creation” but “Mountains” are. This article is not a news because the reporter doesn’t interview a particular person or state any actual fact to support the reporter’s idea. It’s somehow insulting.

  17. Pamela Perez permalink
    July 20, 2012 9:32 pm
    This article represents propaganda because it is exclusively talking and advertising Colgate white strips. It is not simply talking about white strips in general but it is also advertising a brand. In order for this article to represent news it would need to give information about the pros and cons about white strips, for example, a pro could be that it can whitening teeth but a con could be gum irritation. In this article they just say how wonderful the product is and even the comments that this article includes are all positive but one. From the 15 comments this article has, there is only 1 that is negative. In Chapter 8 of Detecting the Bull there is an example of an article with comments that support the idea of the article and there are no negative comments and the author says “Even sliced bread has its detractors (mostly French).” So from this I can see that this article does not present news, it is a propaganda where they are trying to sell a product.

  18. Natalia Molinary permalink
    July 21, 2012 1:09 pm

    To me this article represents “Advertising” from the Information Neighborhood. The article isnt so much an article as it is images with a short discription. There’s a bit that informs you who the designer is and how much the product costs. In the end they are trying to get you to purchase this specific product for profit and they do this through not only using Glamour Magazine as a source but also with Msn.Living, two buissnesses that advertise.

  19. Erik Hurd permalink
    July 22, 2012 9:01 am

    This article represents Propaganda. I believe it to be propaganda because the writer is attempting to persuade voters using only positive campaign information. For it to represent news, the article would have to have been written by an impartial source encompassing the highlights and low points in his career/policy with actual stories about how the subject has changed/impacted the community in the past.

  20. Angela Navarro permalink
    July 22, 2012 10:00 am
    This article about the reaction of the cast of The Dark Knight Rises towards the Colorado movie theatre shooting falls under the category of Propaganda, Advertising, Publicity, and Entertainment. This article is not media news; although the shooting occurred in the theatre where The Dark Knight Rises was playing doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to hear the reactions of the cast. In order for this article to be considered Media News it would need to be informative, informing to society, uncovering facts, and etc.

  21. Briana Smith permalink
    July 22, 2012 11:56 am
    This article represents advertisement/review because it describes how this type of face makeup claims to calm the oil produced on ones face, and gives individual reviews on what customers thought of the product. For it it be news, it would have to be informative, with facts, specific details, and not have individual opinions on what customers though of the product. This article is simple and advertising review of a new face makeup by cover girl, and customers opinions on it.

  22. Arielle Hyppolite permalink
    July 22, 2012 12:43 pm
    This article represents advertising. It describes how proactive is one of the most popular acne treatment out there and gives individual reviews by customers on their experience with the product. For it to be news, it would have to contain information in it with details, facts and not opinions on what individual customers thought of the product.

  23. Katie Meador permalink
    July 22, 2012 1:14 pm

    This website represents Propaganda/Advertising/Publicity/Entertainment. It is propaganda because Neutrogena is using celebrities to show off their product persuade the minds of teenagers or young adults. Making them think “They have a beautiful face, and I want to look like them.” It is also showing entertainment because anything with a celebrity in it people are more likely to watch. The publicity is shown here through the celebrities. That way when this celebrity is seen on TV someone who is watching might possibly remember that person uses Neutrogena. It is advertising because Neutrogena is getting its’ name out there through the celebrities along with everyday people. It would be more like news if it went into more detail about how it compares to proactive or clean and clear. Showing how is compares to the other acne face washes would help make this news and help the readers understand why it is said to be the best.

  24. ryan christie permalink
    July 22, 2012 2:12 pm

    This website represents entertainment/publicity information because it is meant to arouse and enhance the imagine of the player being covered. For it to represent news it would have to have inform us of current events, not a play by play of a d-league NBA players career to date.

  25. Kaitlyn Battistoni permalink
    July 22, 2012 2:18 pm

    This video represents advertising and entertainment because the video gives you facts such as “distracted driving accounts for 25% of car crashes”, it then gives you examples which are funny which make it entertainment. Also, even though they make it a funny video it’s advertising Farmers Insurance. This is non-news information.

  26. Andrew White permalink
    July 22, 2012 3:17 pm

    This article represents raw information because rather than uncovering facts it simply delivers unfiltered information. For it to represent news it would have to be actionable and reliable.

  27. Hayley Pottruck permalink
    July 22, 2012 3:22 pm
    This article represents advertising because this article is being used to get there information out there to persuade people to buy their product. For it to represent news, I would have to have been more news worthy and had facts instead of just trying to sway people into buying these shoes.

  28. Michael Coats permalink
    July 22, 2012 3:36 pm

    This article represents Publicity because it brings forth attention to Jennifer Lopez’s current world tour as well as providing video footage of her accompanying boyfriend backstage as she makes her way to preparation for hitting the stage. For this article to represent news, application of informing the audience with details and delivering some state of “truthiness” such as dates, locations, times, and other data such as numbers of the audience, cost of production per show, or quotes from production staff or Jennifer Lopez herself in reference to the tour. These examples would be used to support the “story” and provide a more actionable, reliable source of information to society and news consumers alike.

  29. Derek Maloney permalink
    July 22, 2012 4:37 pm

    This article represents advertising because it is trying to sell a product, in this case Test X180 by Force Factor. For it to represent news, it should been written with more reliable, factual, and truthful information. A trusted independent source, not the company pushing the product, would also make it more newsworthy.

  30. Cassie Unterbrink permalink
    July 22, 2012 5:30 pm

    This article is a general news article because it has news that can be appealing for the entire population in the area. It is appealing for the entire population because these events are more likely to have a wide or deep impact on any average person. This article represents advertising, publicity, and entertainment. Everyone found this to be a shocking story and there is a plethora of raw information. There was many news articles following up on the issue to keep people informed of the latest news associated with this issue. The name of the movie got put out there for publicity, although it was not affected with a positive story, maybe one in the area would have fears of going to the movies now and it could be bad publicity. Also the man who did this shooting will be known about, before he was an average man with no accomplishments to put him into the news.

  31. Taylor faris permalink
    July 22, 2012 5:42 pm

    This article comes from Oprahs direct website. Oprah Is known for her talk show and reporting incidents that need attention and charity. This article posted is more publicity and advertising. Oprah being a very influential person can sway people in a general direction
    That follow her. By people on her website, the brands of swimsuits she’s informing people on are getting advertising and publicity from it. Meanwhile Oprah is telling people what suits would be best on them, since people view her so highly and follow her frequently that can also be viewed as minor propaganda.

  32. Casey Brogan permalink
    July 22, 2012 5:47 pm

    This article represents propaganda because its only purpose is to scare users away from using a certain social networking tool. The article doesn’t truly answer whether or not Skype is working with law enforcement. All it states is that there is a possibility they could be.

  33. Sabrina Prefer permalink
    July 22, 2012 6:08 pm

    This news article is definitely advertising. The main point that the article is getting across is that you should purchase items from this particular Etsy shop. In order for this to be news, it would have to contain more actionable information that actually has substance, rather than just talk up how great this Etsy shop is. It also should not only be backed up mainly by personal opinion, but by more reliable sources.

  34. Jesus Triana permalink
    July 22, 2012 6:19 pm

    The article is not news, and falls into the “propaganda” section. It clearly tried to persuade the reader into an opinion that Obama is in reality a center-right leaning president, one that would traditionally even be called republican. The writer supports their opinion well, yet it does not have any information about a particular event and does not educate its audience with information about any happenings in the world, only an opinion shared by the author.

  35. michael houfek permalink
    July 22, 2012 6:26 pm

    This article is not news and falls under the “advertisement category. For this article to be news, it would have to be more specific.

  36. July 22, 2012 6:39 pm

    This article is propaganda, for it tries to instill fear in the reader by making an utterly ridiculous claim. For it, the subject, to be considered news there would have to be an objective article about those who hold the views stated. Or, maybe if this was the year 20,500 and there was a world dictator and the Earth was ravaged and we lived and held beliefs of the Dark Ages, then surely this could pass as believable news.

  37. Ashley permalink
    July 22, 2012 6:52 pm

    This article is not “news”, and falls under the category of “entertainment” because the main source is actress, Anne Hathaway, and actor, Christian Bale. This article was written to enhance and support the emotion already felt from the public about the tragic shooting.

  38. Ashley permalink
    July 22, 2012 6:54 pm

    This article is not “news”, and falls under the category of “entertainment” because the main source is actress, Anne Hathaway, and actor, Christian Bale. This article would have to have more reliable sources and have been used to inform to classify as “news”.

  39. Vicki permalink
    July 23, 2012 6:04 pm

    This entire website along with this article represents advertising, because flashing ads distract the reader throughout the article. For this article to represent news; it would have to be reliable information that educates the reader while making he/she feel connected at the same time.

  40. Layss Cordova permalink
    July 25, 2012 7:16 pm

    This is advertising posing as a news outlet. It is clearly an ad because there are all these unsubstantiated claims about people making thousands of dollars. Once you click on any link in the toolbar… such as “tech” it takes you to

    which is another ad.

    This is clearly a way to trick consumers into buying in to whatever scam the website is trying to push on them by making their website look authentic and authorititative. They even use mainstream news outlet logos, such as CNN and Fox News to accomplish this.

    To be news, it would have to be unbiased and reporting about a real event. This couldn’t be further.

  41. Bob Reinhard permalink
    August 11, 2012 11:17 am

    This is clearly Publicity. Rumors abounded that Culken had a drug habit. This is an attempt to show that he does not. It may benefit his reputation and career. For this to be real news, It would require hard evidence like a released blood test. Even then, this kid is not news. It includes a press release statement from his publicist. They are trying to improve his sullied image.
    This says that he can’t be an addict because his was walking around New York. This is a myth that all addicts are incapacitated. Look in any hospital. People under sedation get up and walk around all the time. This piece proves nothing.

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