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Strange Taxes & Deductions

I chose this infographic because I found it informing, but at the same time humurous. It points out strange taxes that may be affecting you or your family depending on what state you live in as well as odd deductions you may be able to take advantage of. It also shows the individual income deductions and returns people have claimed from the IRS. I like the colorfulness and changing layout, because it makes it more interesting and appealing to the reader. It also has the sources at the end that make it more credible and gives the reader the opportunity to look at the sources themselves.

The Blaze

I chose The Blaze, a fairly popular online news site. It is well known to be a conservative news site and the front page of the site makes that seem fairly obvious. The first image that popped up was a picture of Paul Ryan laughing and presumably part of Romney laughing as well. It links to an article claiming that the remark Romney made about airplane windows not rolling down was a joke and the media can’t tell what is irony or sarcasm.

The third image that popped up was a picture of the rapper 50 Cent with the caption: “10 Performers Who May be Republicans”. Obviously, this is appealing to Republicans, who would most likely care more about this than Democrats. If you scroll down, articles include “Racist Photos Sent to GOP Rising Star Mia Love: ‘They can Bring It’” and “Fed-Up Rush Limbaugh Blasts Prez: ‘Barack Obama Is a Serial Liar’”. The first article is about a Republican Mayor and Congressional candidate and the second is a video by Rush Limbaugh, an outspoken Republican.

One Democrat did get a spot in the four slots with pictures at the top of the front page for walking off of the stage at a Muslim parade after anti-Semitic comments made by a speaker. Most of the articles dealing with Obama on the front page had a negative connotation such as “Former Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader Calls President Obama a ‘War Criminal’. The articles clearly appeal to a conservative readership.

On the top bar linking to stories, there are only three categories: business, faith and tech (although this is not all they cover). The emphasis on faith and religion also points to a more conservative side.

The biggest ad on the right hand side was for a book called “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream”, which would appeal much more to the conservative crowd than the liberal.

Analysis of “The Klavaliers Ride to a Fall”

The lede of this article could be improved, since it starts with a quote. According to Knight in the third chapter, “a quotation makes an awkward lede” and “A quote in the lede often is the mark of a lazy reporter.” It did not come across as lazy to me, but I thought it could be improved. He could have brought strong emotions like fear into the beginning, which would have better caught the attention of the reader.

I did, however, enjoy his use of quotes and dialogue throughout the work. I thought it made it much more personal and easier to understand. It brought insight into the secretive KKK and allowed people outside of it to experience indirectly what occurs inside of it and witness the mindset that is present in it. I also think that the author used description effectively, because he made us feel as though we were there with him and we were feeling the emotions of the African American man as well as himself. We could picture the entire scene and share the emotions of the author, inciting sympathy and disgust from the reader.

I do think that Kovach would have agreed with Kennedy’s use of masquerading his identity for the story. He met all three of the requirements to use masquerading: I believe it was vital to the public to hear about the atrocities and the real story of the man’s death; there was no other way for him to be allowed to get the story than to disguise his identity; and he let the readers know that they did not know who he actually was.

“Choking and Beating Patients” by Nellie Bly

The lede in “Choking and Beating Patients” is decent, but could be improved. I like that the lede includes Miss Tillie “suffered greatly”, because suffering is a strong word that brings about emotion from the reader and greatly stresses the level of her condition. I also found it smart for the author to say “she sat on the bench next to me”, because it gives the author credibility that she knows Miss Mayard. It also makes Miss Mayard feel closer to the reader, since the author knows the subject, and you are hearing about her from the author, you are only one step away from knowing Miss Mayard. She also stresses how harshly Miss Mayard is being treated by saying, “Her limbs shook and her teeth chattered.” In the lede, I would include that Miss Mayard was suffering in a building that was supposed to be helping her, because I think that is one of the most dramatic and ironic parts of the story that makes the reader want to read and find out what went wrong.

I think that the author uses quotes throughout the work with much skill. She uses them to dramatize the situation and show how roughly and seriously the people in this work were being treated. For example, she includes a quote from a nurse, “Let her fall on the floor and it will teach her a lesson”, showing the general attitude of the institution. She also uses quotation very effectively when she quotes: “For God sake, ladies, don’t let them beat me.” This quote shows the desperation of the patient and the rough treatment by the nurses. Miss Grady later says about her that she had “settled the old fool for awhile”, leaving the reader feeling sorry for the old gray-haired woman. However, the quotes may be unreliable since it is based off of her word and she has an obvious agenda from this piece.

The author also uses description quite well, illustrating the treatment and condition of the patients, attitude of the people within the institution, as well as the general layout of the institution. For example, she says, “he caught her roughly between the eyebrows or thereabouts, and pinched until her face was crimson from the rush of blood to the head” and through this quote the reader can imagine this rough treatment of this poor woman having a fit. When the author describes the treatment of Urena, it makes the reader sympathize with Urena: “Then they dragged her out to the closet, and I heard her terrified cries hush into smothered ones. After several hours’ absence she returned to the sitting-room, and I plainly saw the marks of their fingers on her throat for the entire day.” The author’s description here is particularly moving, because it describes the smothering of her cries and her lengthy absence, showing how long she was torturously treated. The marks on her neck confirm the author’s auditory accounts and make the reader sympathize with Urena even more. Her writing is filled with description so that the reader can better imagine the institution and how the patients felt.

The author was bias, though, because she was aiming to influence the conditions of the mental institutions, showing the cruelty of them. She does not show the possible reasons for the people being treated the way they are. Overall, the author used the lede, quotation, and description effectively. However, I think her strongest points were the quotation and description, while the lede was decent. The lede was interesting, but not as interesting as it could have been. The lede may have kept many readers, but in the end, it was forgettable.