Reading Responses

Reading Responses
The introduction of the film Independent Media in Time of War makes viewers want to watch more because it starts with a snap show about the corporate media’s coverage of the Iraq war in 2003. Amy Goodman, an independent journalist creates a strong ground for viewers to understand the impact that consolidation and commercialization of the media have on democracy and journalism. Despite the introduction being captivating, it could be improved if many evidences were provided to respond to the question of how the impact of commercialization and consolidation has on journalism and democracy. The video main assertion is about the corporate media’s coverage of the Iraq War in 2003.
The film is great in content and organized strategically in a way that viewers understand how media plays a significant role in the 2003 Iraq War. The reporter believes that the core role of reporters of that era was to question those in power and present their thoughts on where there was silence. The argument is solidly supported by good evidence. For instance, Goodman uses the example of the Iraq War to question her audience on the impact of the media industry on democracy. The most supporting detail that seem most effective to me is that Media is a powerful tool that can be used to air thoughts about what is going on. In 2003, the reporter believes that media could have done more to enhance change in the society. Despite the film being great in content, its structure could be improved by providing more evidences to show the impact of media on democracy. If I was the producer of this video, the thing I would do differently would be challenging the reporters and journalists to respond to the wakeup call of being honest and real in their duties. They should report news as it is without exaggerating or providing less facts and information. The conclusion of the film is remarkable and would recommend many to watch it to understand how media plays a significant role in the society. The thing I like best about this video is that it is organized in such a way that viewers understand the importance of media and ethics of journalism. The reporter believes that reporters should practice the ethics of journalism that oblige journalists and reporters to consider what is going on in the society.
Reading 2
In the article, What Part of No Love Don’t You Understand William Bennett Turner creates a strong ground for readers to understand how technology must serve the modern society and Man. In the introductory, the author points out how the First Amendment documented in 1789 was up to the task of dealing with 21st century Information Technology. In light of this, the purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of technology in the modern society.
The article creates great insights in that it educates many on how the proposed constitutional amendment was to ensure that the government does not restrict information or electronic communications. As per this article, the First Amendment points out about the freedom of speech and argue that the government should not penalize speech because of its viewpoint or content. A speech should be neutral to place different ideas in the market. Overall, Turner’s article is targeting the government and the media industry. First, it is challenging the government to give powers to the media industry in their speech narration. Secondly, the article challenges journalists to consider that they have freedom of speech, but they should utilize it to communicate what has been in silence within the society.

In conclusion, the article highlights how technology has improved life in the modern society. The author believes that internet technology should be the service of humanity and inalienable rights. Despite the article being great in content, it would have been improved by giving adequate examples of how technology must serve the modern man.

Works Cited
Amy Goodman. Independent Media in a Tome of War (Full HQ). Retrieved from, 2011. Print
Bennett, William. What Part of No Law Don’t You Understand? Retrieved from, 1996. Print