It amuses me that people think journalistic writing is so easy.
I think I just read the absolute worst “article” ever.. The person is an English/ Professional Writing major and also an intern for our college newspaper. Now, granted, she’s trying. She’s actually writing something for the paper instead of nothing at all.
There are some pretty big differences between journalism and a personal essay. One of which being the tense. Another being the objectivity.
It just reminded me of editing my ex-boyfriend’s English papers back when we were sophomores.
My boyfriend and I are self-proclaimed (and very obviously) liberal Democrats.
Apparently, as a joke, he told his coworkers he was going to pretend to be a right-winged, Christian Republian for a week.
When he brought the idea up to me, I first told him to keep that shit at work or he’d have nowhere to sleep… lol. Nor would he get laid for a week.
This led us to the idea of: Wouldn’t it be really cool, if he had the money and the means, to immerse himself in the stereotypical Republican lifestyle? And I’m talking all the way immersion. Renting large, unneccessary, gas guzzling, environmental polluting cars (Hummer, etc)… attending church and Republican meetings…
It would not only be a learning experience but a GREAT journalistic endeavour.
I then thought that not only should he attempt to understand the craziness of a Republican mind, he should immerse himself in extreme liberalism as well.
Just imagine the circumstances you might be involved in! It would be a life changing experience, for not only him, but for others who viewed the experience as well.
So, we emailed Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, 30 Days) the idea.
Because that man has the means and money to attempt an idea like this (because it’s a great idea… right?)
I will graduate college with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies (public relations) & a minor in journalism NEXT YEAR!
I’m so freaking excited! I thought transferring schools would push me back at least another year… but YAY!
UNCW, you are the shit. I am so excited to graduate from there!