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Modern Warfare In The News

Modern Warfare In The News

The is a general lack of coverage of wars today. Some may claim it is because the same people who profit from the wars (construction companies, other contractors), control or influence the companies that own the media. Whether this is true, or not I do not know, though it is certainly possible.
What is obvious is certain news organizations have biases towards certain political parties. For example Fox news is was more biased towards the Republican candidate in the 2008 election. Perhaps, they are biased towards whomever is in power. MSNBC was more biased to the Democratic Candidate, Barak Oboma. not only do they support certain parties, but they make fun of each other for supporting a particular party.
Because today’s news organizations are biased in politics, they would obviously be biased in reports of war as well. Political success often depends on military success. News organizations are also biased towards nationalities, in order to gain international support for their own country, as opposed to the enemy’s. The only way to get unbiased knowledge of a war or conflict is a complete Military and War Information Source. By seeing everyone’s opinions and brodcasts, you can decide for youself what is going on in a conflict.
Besides the media, direct footage from the troops is also a good source of information. Troop footage of war can provide a direct and unfiltered look at a war or military conflict. The troops use their own personal cameras to film what they see, and directly upload it to the Internet, so there is no large corporate filter.
Though it can be difficult to find a trustworthy source of information when it comes to military issues, a thorough search of online military resources can yield the information you seek. Check sources on both sides of the conflict, as well as independent sources, and your should be able to draw a reasonable and unbiased conclusion.

A researcher in many fields, Joe likes to stay on top of today’s news and media, including military and war issues.

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The Evolution of Classical Satire Into Modern Day Political Humor

The Evolution of Classical Satire Into Modern Day Political Humor

Satire, as defined by the Britanica Concise Encyclopedia, is an artistic form in which human or individual vices, folly, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of irony, ridicule, or other methods, sometimes with an intent to bring about improvement. Literature and drama are its chief means of expression, but it is also found in other forms of media such as film, the visual arts, and political cartoons. Satires had been present in Greek Literature, with Aristophanes as well as in Roman Literature with Juvenal and Horace. Juvenal and Horace’s satires have since then developed according to their perspectives. To Horace, the satirist is a refined man who sees stupidity and insanity everywhere, but is moved to gentle laughter rather than to rage. To Juvenal, on the other hand, the satirist is a respectable man who is horrified and angered by corruption. Horace’s satires are friendlier in tone, thus containing no dangerous attacks against powerful individuals or serious vices. Juvenal’s satires, however, are bitter accusations of the vice and folly of his own times that include most men and all women.

The Elizabethan Period proved to be the Golden Age of Satire as satirists like Voltaire, Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe wrote works that were more direct and straightforward, leaving little room for subtle irony. In Voltaire’s Candide, he showed how having a ridiculously positive outlook on life will still lead to a life with numerable tragedies. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, exposed the cruelty of humanity, and Daniel Defoe’s Jure Divino, the writer made an elaborate and learned attack on theories of the ‘divine right’ of monarchs.

Through the years, satire developed into many forms: the Persian satire, the Elizabethan satire the Anglo-American satire, the 18th, 19th and 20th century satire to name a few. Different satires have developed due to the fact that these satires are responses to the issues present in their period. What started out as poems, books and novels developed in plays, adjusting to the changing times and interests of the public. Similarly, the satires of today’s modern world had developed into political humor, as more people can relate to the issue in this medium.

Political humor is best compared to satire rather than to parody, which is only concerned with mocking an original work. Political humor seems to have developed from Horace’s satires: amusing is but still able to address the issue at hand. Political humor should not be taken as a personal attack against a politician, but rather as an unsolicited advice from an observer. Satire is, after all, developed with the intent of bringing about improvement, and political humor seems to have developed from this literary genre. Politicians who yet to become objects of political humor should not fret about being in the spotlight. According to Maureen Dowd, a columnist at the New York Times, Republican Presidential candidate Barack Obama has not been the object of any political joke by American comedians mainly because “he’s very hard to mock”. He has kept an honest image and he has remained focused and serious in his work. With that kind of attitude, any politician can escape satirical political humor.

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The Twenty Four Hour News Cycle Another Modern TV Innovation

The Twenty Four Hour News Cycle Another Modern TV Innovation

I’m a “news junkie,” that is, I like to know what’s happening – locally, statewide, nationally … even, of course, globally.  I want to know “everything about everything” – political news … sports news … front page stuff … even the goings-on in and around Hollywood.

In the days before expanded TV programming, my access to news was somewhat limited. I could tune in the 6 PM National Network News shows … stay tuned at 6:30 P.M. for the local news stories … return at 10 P.M. or 11 P.M. for any late-breaking stories.

Then, of course, I could buy a daily newspaper, sometimes two or even a third, to get a different slant on the same news stories … or even information about a story that didn’t show up on the TV news program.

That wasn’t bad, but it’s nothing like what is available to me today. To begin, I have access to a personal computer. That enables me to read newspapers online for daily information plus access blogs for political and world news. I have a radio … so I can listen to news and information shows in which political opinions about events are expressed every day. They’re informative and entertaining.

But, the best option I have, the one I enjoy more than any other is the non-stop access to news and information available to me as a subscriber to a TV programming service that gives me an almost unlimited menu of TV shows that I can watch and enjoy, including many around-the-clock, “all news-all the time” networks.

The most prominent of these networks are all Cable News Services – Fox Cable News Network … MSNBC (owned and operated by NBC, of course) … and CNN (Cable News Network), the originator of the Total News Network format.

If you like news and opinions on news and politics, you are sure to love any, or all, of these networks. They don’t disappoint because their programming is continuous – always on – and they are able to cover “breaking stories” 24-hours a day, seven days a week, something the major networks can’t match.

That means a story that unfolds at 3 A.M. will be covered by a Cable News Network reporter as it occurs. There has never been that kind of instant, on-the-spot coverage on news and events in history, certainly not in the earlier days of television.

But, this is the 21st Century. TV is better than ever before, thanks to the good work of programming providers. They provide a great service and I’m a fortunate beneficiary.

By: Frank Bilotta

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Do Blogs Dynamically Transform The Modern American Political Culture

Do Blogs Dynamically Transform The Modern American Political Culture

Recently web logs, or blogs, have exploded in popularity and have come to occupy an increasingly important place in American politics. Given the disparity in resources and organization against other actors, their influence presents a puzzle. How can a collection of decentralized, nonprofit, contrarian and discordant websites exercise any influence over political and policy outputs? As the World Wide Web approaches its teens, we have new expectations about both the right to express an opinion and access to information upon which to base that opinion. Blogs have begun playing an important role in raising people’s expectations Thus, blogs have demonstrated influence; the power to affect events. Blogging is now positioned inside the context of participatory journalism and the responses of mainstream media and political parties to the new technology are reflections of its emerging influence. From what evidence illustrates, blogs have managed to affect today’s news agenda.

The Italian Renaissance gave Western civilization several crucial transformations. None, for this article’s purposes, matters more than perspective. Boccaccio’s Decameron, published in 1353, is considered to be among the earliest works of literature to propose that a point of view is crucial to understanding. Gutenberg’s printing press brought forth a revolution that no one could have anticipated at the time. Today, the Internet is the most important medium since the printing press. It subsumes all that has come before and is, in the most fundamental way, transformative. When anyone can be a writer, in the largest sense and for a global audience, many wish to become one. Actually, no better environment exists nowadays for people to exercise these among many other rights, than the Internet and one of the best mediums to exercise these rights are weblogs.

According to some critics, most weblogs will never attempt to reach a public, even if they are in theory reachable by all Net users. The great majority of weblogs will probably be for personal use, while the user base will be peer to peer, not author to public. Other critics, in their attempt to evaluate the accelerating speed of the weblog trend, support that from what it seems so far, it is probable that most weblogs will be short lived, and wind up abandoned, just as most conversations are abandoned. Also it is probable that a few popular blogs will have huge user base and the vast majority will be invisible most of the time, a pattern that reminds some of the “old” and “traditional” mass media. Since the software and interface are highly flexible, and the uses of an easily updated, good-looking page are endless, weblogs will be commonly used in closed systems—private and company networks—as much as the open waters of the Web.

In relation to political coverage and news stories, bloggers have broken or magnified major news stories and blogs themselves draw fire for partisan politics, poor journalistic practices, and duplicity. But the issue still remains that blogs are still in their infancy, despite the wave of press they have received during the last two years. They provide a reasonable, but far from perfect, entry point into the news space, better at offering commentary and starting conversations than serving a current-events-indicator role.

Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Business, Employment, and Real Estate