Rhetorical Analysis of “the Collapse of Big Media: the Young and the Restless”

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David Mindich wrote an article entitled, “The Collapse of Big Media: The Young and the Restless” for the Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2005, a magazine based in Washington, D.C. Studies done by news executives show young adults are not engaging in news, even as they get older. In the article, Mindich points out that as people mature, they keep the habits of their youth. Fewer and fewer parents are bringing newspapers into their homes. Young adults are choosing to watch “reality” television rather than CNN. Kids do not even rely on the Internet for news. There are too many sources, like video games and ipods that are competing for young people’s attention. Big events like Watergate and September 11th revived public awareness, but only for a short period of time. With people being so isolated and independent, news programs are suffering. A lack of audience causes the media to lose their power, and their watch on political life. Mindich proposes news should play a bigger role in school curriculum. He sums up by saying if you teach kids to read, and care about the news when they are young, they will care about it later in life too. Mindich feels qualified to speak about this issue because he has worked as an assignment editor at CNN. This article contains many astounding statistics about news readers in past decades vs. today. For example, it says that news viewership went from 50 million nightly in the 1960s to 25 million today. A survey asked in 2004 which presidential candidate served as an army general. While 42% of age 50 or older could name Wesley Clark, only 13% of people under 30 could. Today, a 30 minute CBS newscast is only 18 minutes and 20 seconds, according to The News about the News: American Journalism in Peril (2002). That is so much wasted time. This information was not only written for young people, it is geared towards adults, parents and

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