For Journal Four I am going to use Katherine O. Seelye’s lurid Numbers on Glossy Pages! (Magazines exploit what sells) and Peter Stiglin’s Seeing as believing: The Paintings of Judith Belzer. I am going to compare and contrast the views and writing styles of these two readings.
Katharine talks about the celebrity magazines and other magazines read by the younger generations. Her article involves the influence of these magazines on ordinary people. She talks about how the editors are in constant search for some new gossip and other stories related to celebrities or something which might be interesting for the reader.
She also used quotes by different people in her article. Peter Stiglin on the other hand talks about paintings. He talks more philosophically. He started his essay with a quote by John Berger, “We nly see what we look at. To look is an act of choice.” He did not use any quotes, he rather explained and described the beauty of the painting.
Both the articles talk about our interest. Katherine talks about the glamour and hype the ordinary people are interested in; and Peter talks about the beauty and the story behind the painting in which a common person would be interested in. The style of writing is different in both the articles. Katherine uses interviews of different people and explains their houghts, Peter talks about his opinion and the way he looks at the painting. At the end both the articles are interesting to read, depending on the information the reader is looking for.
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