Summary of New-Making and Charles Shultz's Peanuts

Summary of News-Making: The Pseudo-Event

From education and consumption, to personal relations and public affairs
the news media in the United States captures our attention by littering it with
pseudo-events. As advancements in technology made it possible for journalists
to communicate more easily, the media began to blossom into the national scene
instead of the usual local news and events. More and more technologies were
developed that in turn helped the media expand into a salable commodity. The
rotary press, cameras, the telephone, radio, and the television are all examples
of those advancements. When the media could broadcast across the nation, they
were able to make a small event into a seemingly enormous event just by the
number of people that were exposed to the news. As news became a round-the-
clock event, reporters needed to find ways to beat repetition in reporting that
news. Now reporters must go and find news to report to keep the airwaves and
TV's flooded with new events.

Long Summary of: Peanuts

Peanuts is one comic strip that has been in everyone's lives now
consistently for many years. It gives inspiration to some people. Charles
Shultz uses unique analogies for everyday items that makes them easier to
associate with life. Many of his ideas, such as "The Great Pumpkin", have
become American past-times.
Charlie Brown represents the "little man" figure; a person struggling to
succeed in life. Many other comic strips have portrayed this also, but none
have lasted so long. This figure has been portrayed in musicals, movies, and
toys. Charles Shultz has put together a real artform according to his own
definition. His definition is that something can only be recognized as art if
it makes the same impression on a future audience as it did in the present.
Since Peanuts has been around for four and one half decades, I would say it was
brilliant artwork.

Short Version: Peanuts

Peanuts is a comic strip that has been around for many years. It meets
the requirements for artwork, simply because this generation, (1990's), respects
and observes it in the same perspective as the generation, (1950's), whom was
first exposed to it. Generations to come should have the same feelings.

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