Archive for November, 2014

Project Plan

s.chowdhury on Nov 11th 2014

I’m going to be writing about how media conglomeration is limiting voices and ultimately hurting democracy. The sound-bite culture we currently live in is perpetuated by consolidation. I think I’m going to focus on the effects on journalism specifically, instead of the entire media industry as a whole. I’ve been reading a lot of different sources, trying to get a grasp on the most popular arguments for consolidation. It seems that most of these arguments look at it from the business aspect, claiming it’s in the public interest, but in essence it is just to increase profits. I’m going to try to interview my media studies professor from Queens College – hopefully our schedules match up and I can do it. She’s worked at NBC previously and became a professor for the specific reason of influencing students to take a stance against consolidation, so I think getting her voice would be interesting. I’m not sure yet who I want my audience to be, I guess maybe the companies themselves – I want to convince them that making ratings their main concern is creating an ignorant public.

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Working with Sources

s.chowdhury on Nov 6th 2014

Lyon takes a viewpoint on the merger that isn’t popular among consumers, but blames our ignorance of the situation for being blind to the benefits of the merger: “The cable company is one entity everyone likes to hate. Perhaps this knee-jerk animosity is to blame for the rush to condemn Comcast’s proposed….merger.” He argues that Comcast is actually a victim in industry with technology having “eroded the lines between hardware, content and media companies.” Lyon draws a parallel between the proposed Blockbuster-Hollywood Videos merger in 2005 and the Comcast-Time Warner merger. The Blockbuster merger was shut down by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and soon after both video rental stores declared bankruptcy because they could not compete against the new entertainment sources. Comcast faces a similar situation. Comcast’s biggest threat is not other cable and satellite providers but these new entertainment sources (i.e. Netflix). Furthermore, this threat is viable to the cable industry across the board, thus the merger according to Lyon would actually help the sector to stay alive and relevant to today, instead of crumbling into non-existence.

Lyons, Daniel A. “My Turn: Comcast, Time Warner merger would benefit consumers.” Concord Monitor. 13 June. 2014. Web. 6 Oct. 2014


I think this assignment helps us to understand better how to use a source and integrate it well into our writing. Often times, we sit in front of the source not sure how to utilize it. This exercise shows us how to use a source to make our writing stronger and help us support our point, instead of just padding our writing and filling up the word count.


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