DIGITAL AMERICA

Are Americans sheltered from the news?

// Posted by on 03/01/2012 (11:51 AM)

Last week, Phylicia posted about Time Magazine’s US cover and how it compared to covers of the international editions. I saw this clip from The Daily Show and thought it further proved the point of the photo comparison from last week. I think this video shows what other countries think of American media, but how do you think it makes Americans feel? Do you think Americans even realize that we are getting “softer” news than other countries? Do Americans behave in a way that makes the media think we can’t handle the harsh truth?

You can watch the clip here:

Jon Stewart- Time Magazine US Edition

 


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Comments:


Allison said...

I don’t think that most Americans realize that we receive soft pitched news. I did not realize that Time magazine altered their cover stories from country to country. I think that Americans demand softer more light hearted news stories and the news sources supply that. Time Magazine can reach a broader range of people if they put a cute picture of dogs on the cover than if they put Italy’s Prime Minister. Essentially I think that Americans have a different mentality towards new therefore a different marketing strategy needs to be used on us.

// 03/01/2012 at 2:17 pm

Kelsey said...

I don’t know if it’s a desire for softer news rather than news that pertains directly to us, at least in the mind of the average citizen. I feel like most Americans don’t understand the connections we have with Greece or the Arab world outside of the 2-3minute news blip on their news media of choice. Americans want dog and chore war stories and the rest of the world wants to know what’s going on at an international level, what company wouldn’t cater to their audience to maintain a following?

// 03/13/2012 at 11:27 pm