Does An Opinion Make You a Writer?

“Should audience response shape what content newsrooms produce?”

–Dena Silver

No, I don’t believe audience response should shape the content newsrooms produce despite the fact that their input can help boost readership and alert advertisers to their involvement. Realistically, however, the audience/reader is reacting to information with an opinion from their own experiences which might be impacted by their age, cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, education and economic status.

For example, in the article Clothing and the Communication of Culture: The Sociology of  Fashion ( by Nicole Smith, on January 12, 2012, the author states, “By negotiating who’s the three levels of identity- (1) personal; (2) cultural; and (3) historical we can either bring ourselves closer to others or distance ourselves from them.” If a person “identifies as part of a particular group through a uniform as a late adopter of fashion trends” they’re going to respond differently than an “early adopter” who’s more innovative.

So, if you’re part of the former, who favors “dressing down” out of comfort, peer pressure, and budgetary restrictions, you might respond that it’s much easier to do so because it’s less expensive and stressful. If you’re more concerned with expressing your individuality, through your attire, however, you might respond that you prefer to “dress up” because it reflects pride and excellent manners. Either way, the responses of the respondents should be noted and possibly utilized for follow-up content, once their answers have been examined and researched further.

L.A. Women and Their Style

“I drew these fashion illustrations of various women I saw at, on and around the bus stop, because I liked their looks, and felt they represented very different and unique styles. They are: (1) an Hispanic woman wearing a mid-length skirt and brown suede boots; (2) an African-American woman in a white ribbed turtleneck and red plaid pants; (3) an older Caucasian woman in 1970s platforms; (4) a Korean woman in a pair of checked pants and a striped shirt; (5) a young African-American woman in a t-shirt and short-shorts; and (6) an African-American woman with a chic short hair do and oversized shades.

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