Yellow journalism is the construction of media using sensationalism, exaggeration, biasty, distorting stories, and misleading images. Many believe it began during the Industrial Revolution, where many scandals surfaced the media. In order to beat out competition with other newspapers, journalists were forced to sell their stories using sensationalist headlines and misleading articles. However, though beginning around two hundred years ago, today's media is still full of yellow journalism. Tabloids, including the National Inquirer and T.V. shows such as TMZ are full of rumors, and misconcieved ideas. The effects of these ideas on humans are terrible. These articles provoke certain feelings in the brain, which are not true, therefore leading to further conflict that can even result in war. This has happened before in the past, in the Spanish-American War. It is up to our American Public to learn to double check our sources and guarantee that we do not let the increasing trend of yellow journalism possess our worldview.
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Summer O'Sullivan's insight:
Yellow journalism, existing since the 19th century, has become a large part of our media today. It surfaces around the entire "judging a book by its cover" idea. The media creates stories in a way that they will draw emotion from readers and force a certain way of thinking upon them. This, ultimately, will never have a good effect on society. Technology has expanded on yellow journalism throughout the course of our generation. With increasing ways to digitally engineer things on the internet, it becomes more and more difficult to recognize what has been exploited by journalists and what has not. A powerful example of yellow journalism is evident in presidential elections. Most do not realize, but yellow journalism is a way of brainwashing the public by imposing a certain view on them. This is evident in the 2008 election, in which yellow journalism aided Obama's election. The ratio of favorable to negative for Obama was almost 80% to 10%, while the ratio for McCain was almost the opposite 20% favorable to 70% negatives. Time will tell if yellow journalism and its negative impact on society will surface in the future.
According to Shafqat Munir, yellow journalism is a form of writing that disregards facts, instead distorting and exploiting information to create sensation and attract readers. It has a negative affect on our society, and has led to many conflicts over the years. For example, yellow journalism in the 20th century led the American public to misinterpret Cuban conflict, ultimately leading up to the Spanish-American War. Although most commonly seen in previous eras, our current media is still replete with yellow journalism, whether it be in tabloids, or even "reliable newspapers". Yellow journalism often emerges when competition between two sources arises, since each source wants to attract more readers. Among the negative effects of yellow journalism are the emergence of a culture of sensationalism, a change in social, political, and economic life, as well as a distorted mass media. Other negative impacts are gender discrimination, increased violence, and human security issues.
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Summer O'Sullivan's insight:
Yellow Journalism has made an impact on society for hundreds of years. Surfacing in the 1890s, the goal of yellow journalism was to sensationalize world events and sell them with headlines that would attract more readers. The first yellow journals were believed to be the ew York Journal and New York Word, which relied on exaggerated headlines involving the Cuban conflict to sell newspapers. Horrifically exaggerated stories about the Cuban conditions incited many emotions from Americans, leading them to have strong resentment toward Cuba. When the battleship Maine was sunken in Havana Harbor, WIlliam Randolph Hearst recieved his big break- newspaper articles that would blame the sunken ship on the Spanish, which ultimately led to the Spanish-American War. This war was believed to be the first press driven war, or war that resulted due to extreme yellow journalism. For this reason, it is understood that cultural conflict and political conflict can arrise from yellow journalism. This is another one of the negative effects of this horrible sensationalist form of writing.
The world can accredit William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer with the creation of yellow journalism. These men were both newspaper barons who waged a fierce competition with each other. It be...
Summer O'Sullivan's insight:
Yellow journalism began in the 19th century with the competitive newspapers of William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. They each learned to disregard content and focus on attracting readers- a practice called sensationalism. Today, media is replete with sensationalism, which can be harmful and in the case of some, even fatal. Yellow journalism has become a form of abuse, controlling the minds of the American public and forcing them to feel a certain way or think a certain way. For this reason, the impact of yellow journalism goes farther than political or economic problems, or culture conflict. Yellow journalism creates false scenarios that are meant to attack the readers emotions. However, this does not matter to most media producers. The simple fact is that anything works to sell the story. For this reason, we must learn to recognize when we fall victim to yellow journalism, for its effect on society becomes individual.
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