Monday, 9/15/14

Do you know the Schoolhouse Rock song, “Three Is a Magic Number”? Well, today is your THIRD post, and it’s going to be MAGIC!


For your magical third post, you will need to choose one pair of texts:

  1. Traditional CNN news coverage of events in Ferguson, and
  2. Jon Stewart’s coverage of events in Ferguson


  1. Slate’s Ferguson Police Timeline, and
  2. The Onion’s Tips for Being an Unarmed Teen

For whichever pair of texts you choose, your job is to write about the differences between traditional coverage of a topic and humorous coverage of that same topic.  You will include (1) what you learned from each text, (2) how each text made you feel, (3) how you respond to the quote, “Comedy is tragedy plus time,” and, for honors, (4) which of the three humor theories applies to the humorous text you’ve chosen.

To write your post, you will follow these steps:

  1. Go to your WordPress website.
  2. Choose “New Post.”
  3. Title your new post, “Comparing Traditional and Humorous Approaches.”
  4. In the box below the title, copy and paste the following sentence starters, and then complete them:

    I felt

    I felt

    By using a humorous tone, this text is helping/not helping [CHOOSE ONE] people to understand what’s happening, because
    Actress Carol Burnett has a famous quote:


    A tragedy is something terrible that happens.  According to the quote, after enough time has passed since a tragedy happened, it can be become funny. In this situation, I think

    Information can be received differently in serious and humorous texts.  For example,

    Honors: The humorous text in this pairing is an example of Relief/Incongruity/Superiority Theory [CHOOSE ONE] because

  5. Find one or more pictures that you want to include in your post.  (These can be still frames of the news coverage, or logos for Slate or The Onion, or the pictures from the articles.  Alternatively, if you want to embed a video, as I have on our class site, please ask me and I will show you how to do that.)
  6. Click on “Add Media.”
  7. Click on “Upload files.”
  8. Choose your picture(s).
  9. Click on “Insert into post.”
  10. Click on “Preview” to check out how awesome it all looks.
  11. Make any changes you may want to make.
  12. Click “Publish.”
  13. If you finish and people around you aren’t done yet, you know what to do:
    help out

You should have more than enough time to complete this work in class, but if you are not finished by the time the bell rings, it will be homework and I will expect to see it done by the time class starts tomorrow!

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