The Reality of news in the 21st Century : The Final Countdown!!!

The video I chose to focus on for the final was Steve Colbert roasting President Bush. Haha. I think two thirds of the jokes went right over his head lol. I chose this video, because not only is it funny watching the President squirm in his chair, but I really like what Steve Colbert (and his writers) do; Steve is racy, dramatic, and opinionated. Overall, he really does a good job of presenting information to an uninformed young generation. Hey! They gotta get their news somehow.

News satire seems to be the “real” news of the 21st Century.

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It’s no longer boring new reports accompanied by monotonous tones. News Satire draws the attention of millions by utilizing a sarcastic sense of humor, which showcases the many flaws in media and mainstream news. News Satire challenges society to critically think about what’s being presented them, and why.

Yes, Colbert may say things that are politically incorrect, and extremely inappropriate at times, but it is a savvy way of presenting news. The humorous witty jokes, and dry nature of the presentation helps the viewer reflect on the “realness” of a scenario. In lesson 11, we addressed Parody News. Parodies have been around for centuries. People enjoy news, humor, and entertainment. News Parody incorporates all 3, while challenging mainstreams authority and biases.

Here an article on how news satire does a better job informing viewers than actual news does.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141113/06034829128/yet-another-study-shows-us-satire-programs-do-better-job-informing-viewers-than-actual-news-outlets.shtml

The 4th estate, the news, is a check and balance on the government. The fifth estate is the non-mainstream journalists, who report to the people on the flaws of what’s being reported to them. Basically, news satire is the 5th estate, which watches over the news. It works to keep society on its toes, by presenting real problems in a humorous, sarcastic way.

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The Colbert show really plays into the young generations way of thinking. It has a lot of sarcasm, a lot of blunt comments, and a lot of roasting. In the Common Era, it seems that people enjoy being entertained by an opinionated, straightforward, no holds bar type of person that gets right to the point. Many reality shows bring in bank by casting these type of stars who challenge authority: Simon Cowell, Hell’s Kitchen host, Abby Lee from Dance Moms etc. The bad guy sells, and the person willing to say whatever they feel wins. Not only does Colbert challenge the media and the government, but he also challenges people to pay attention to what’s going on in the world. People love to see someone challenging authority. They love to see the awkwardness of someone getting called out for their wrongs. Society thrives on these TV shows where rebels report, and fight the mainstream.

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In lesson 13, we focused on the rise of Reality TV. Is reality TV real? Well we’ve learned throughout the semester that money makes the world go round. There is always an incentive of some sort. Reality TV is what’s “trending”. News Satire (a form of reality TV) works to appeal to a young generation, the future voters, and challenges it’s viewers to critically examine what’s being presented to them. A lot of people in this day in age have a hard time watching the news. News satire is a great way to keep and audience entertained while bringing them up to date on current issues.

Yes, the Colbert Report is scripted, but the issues that are being presented are real, and that in itself, is a form of entertaining news. Not to mention that The Colbert show does pull in the ratings which makes money, and keeps the show on air. Of course the Colbert writers are bias and present their stance just like every news station does. There is always someone paying the bills; therefore, there is always an agenda. Really the 5th estate is reporting just like the 4th estate. Maybe in a few years there will be a 7th estate, who knows?

This is an article a study is conducted on college students which analyzes their thoughts on Colbert’s news presentation. It also reviews the student’s political stance. The study also suggests that the audience believes Colbert is liberal if they are liberal, and right wing if they are conservative. It also suggests that Colbert’s heavy social media, humor, and mainstream influence  has an effect on this young generations political stance.

http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/the-truthiness-of-the-colbert-report-3788

In lesson 2, we discussed Generation Like and the obsession with being connected and sharing. It’s the infatuation with being accepted and the positive and negative effects of a social media driven society. There are a ton of positive effects of social media: networking, sharing, friendship, happiness etc. The negatives: addiction, low self-esteem, drama, and loss of sleep etc. Social media has numerous effects on different people for many different reasons. Many people in the digital age look for gratification online to define them. News Satire is everything the opposite of trying to fit in. It presents a positive attitude toward challenging mainstream ideals and social constructions. News Satire sends a message about standing up for what’s right, and what you feel is right. In this digital generation where everyone is obsessed with looking good, and being liked, it is a breath of fresh air to see news parodies that challenge society. It’s nice to see the minority’s point of view. News Satire has an attitude to it, that encourages people to have a voice; liked or not.

21st Century News. Focused on soft footballs, and no air time for  Nepal earthquake coverage.

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Artistry

Well can’t say I do anything too creative. I don’t make music, or knit, paint, or draw, but I do enjoy scrapbooking, and cooking :). So I think I’ll go with the cooking route since I have a lot of pics from different foods I’ve made.

I love to cook. For me, it is extremely relaxing, and fun. It’s like creating my own masterpiece, and the only way to get good is to keep doing it, and by making mistakes and learning. I love to travel, try new foods, and then attempt to make them from scratch at home. Usually the first couple of times I make something, it’s ‘aight’, but then I change a few things and each time it gets better and better until I perfect it.

One of my favorite ‘masterpieces’ I make is my Oreo, snicker, peanut butter pie. When I went to Miami a few years back, my boyfriend and I ate at a restaurant called “Prime 112”, and that is where I ran into the best treat of my life. This pie is huge, super rich, and extremely filling. I was so full from dinner that night, and then woke up about around 4:30 am hungover and starving. The leftover pie was sitting next to the bed, and needless to say, scarfed it down in about 30 seconds. Other people must have loved the pie and tried to mimick the dessert as well, because I was able to find the recipe online! My boyfriend’s friends always come by and ask “when are you gonna make that pie again?”

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This also leads me to the point of how great the Internet is for cooking. Back in the day, before technology, the only way to get a recipe would be having it told to you, and written down on actual paper from someone. My grandma has a whole book of recipes printed out. Now, I can go online, find dishes that look good, get reviews from real people who have made it & ran into problems, or switched things up to make it better. The entire community can upgrade a recipe and make changes to the dish until the best version possible comes surfaces! Anytime I want to make something I just look online for the recipe. Now days, there is no excuse to not know HOW to make something. Even the simplest things like a good cream cheese, alfredo sauce are online, and you can make a quick, bomb, easy dinner. The Alfredo recipe I found online is absolutely fantastic!

http://www.food.com/recipe/alfredo-sauce-64196

*you can also substitute milk for cream*

. The latest thing I found through media, was a mac and cheese recipe that was shown on the show “the Chew.”

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The actor Jussie Smollet had a recipe for a swiss mac and cheese that looked killer. My boyfriend and I were drooling watching it. Anyway, got all the ingredients, made it , and it was junk. Not enough bacon, the swiss cheese was not cheesy enough, too bland, and the fresh rosemary was too overwhelming in the dish. So I switched it up to medium cheddar, and monterey jack. No rosemary. Doubled the bacon, and made my own home made parmesan bread crumbs to top it off. It is awesome, and usually what I make when we bbq at our friends. Sorry no pic of the one I make.

But here is a bomb picture of a bacon mac and cheese I found 🙂 macncheesepic-thumb-550x500

Well if you aren’t hungry, you probably are now lol.

Here’s a some enchilada stacks I make. Once the cheese melts, they are ready to go!

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A low-carb pancake, made with almond meal, and eggs IMG_0253