The importance of food is crucial to human survival, but the way food is managed today strikes debates on certain practices done to food and what we as a society are constantly consuming. How that news is presented can make all the difference.
1. The video explaining “The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers” was the most intriguing to me because it was both informational, urgent, visually appealing, and struck continuous interest. It not only talked about the process behind the cow industry and its shocking effects on nature through greenhouse gases, but also added the impact it has on human health and what one day a week of not eating beef can do for Earth. I will admit that the visuals relating to the written dialogue is something I greatly respond to, being an artist. Visuals aside, however, the written comparisons were particularly strong by taking incomprehensible numbers into a context people can grasp. What caught your attention the most in the video and why? What are your thoughts on visual storytelling and do you feel that visuals are a necessity for news articles? Why or why not?
2. The two articles explaining GMOs took different approaches in their writing style and their way of displaying the information which made me feel that the Vox article was more successful than the Grist article. The Vox article had a professional tone that gave detailed information while being fair to both sides. The layout was divided into specific questions which helped categorize the common topics related to GMOs. I particularly enjoyed the visual chart showing the decrease in insecticide use with the increase of GMOs, and then explaining how overuse causes weed resistance, clearly labeling each issue. The Grist article felt unprofessional, insincere, and too personal. There was unnecessary information that made it difficult to focus on the main point and dragged the article to the point where the facts felt buried. What is your take on these two articles and what did and didn’t work for you?
3. Lynn Henning is a CAFO activist, her story appearing on Michigan Radio. The article addresses that there is a problem with manure pollution as well as neighborhoods arguing between profit and scenic obstruction through CAFOs, but what I felt was lacking was the core reason for the public to care about CAFOs and why Lynn Henning felt so strongly about this issue. A video of Lynn on HBO Real Time was removed from youtube which could be the reason why details were omitted. This article made me feel like I needed to search and come to my own conclusions about the topic. What was your thoughts when reading this article? Did you feel content with the information provided? Why or why not? Were you able to watch the video? If so please explain the interview. If not, do you think it was removed from the general public?