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blog 4: News and remediation


While reviewing a newscast from 1990 and then a newscast from 2008, there are definitely some changes I noticed in the way the news is presented. For example, in the 1990 newscast, whenever an anchor would talk about a subject, there wouldn’t be any distractions on the screen. All you see is the anchor talking or a video that relates to the subject. In the 2008 news, the anchor is surrounded by scrolling text, channel logos, and bold headlines.

Also, in the 1990 newscast, there is only one person talking a time on a subject. When they would switch over to someone else talking, it was a cut take. In the 2008 newscast, there could be multiple people on one screen talking to each other live. The news anchors would also have dialogue with one another instead of having separate segments. It makes the 1990 newscast seem a lot more scripted and has less improvisation. Also, while there is a video being shown in the 2008 news, a camera shot of an anchor could be played over the top.

Despite the differences in the ways the news is presented, there are many similarities in the format of both newscasts. This supports Bolter and Grusin’s claim that remediation is “the representation of one medium in another” (Remediation 78). The format of the 2008 newscast has many similarities to the 1990 newscast, but has added improvements that become the “new standard” in news casting. There is a more modern feel, but the news hasn’t changed completely.




Between 1990 and 2008 the news has changed and stayed the same. There still remains a newscaster that is presenting the news, there is still video clips shown on the topics of the news, and there are still simple aspects that are the same such as the headlines for the newscast. However, in the 2008 video there are multiple people talking to each other on one screen, there is a news stream that goes along the bottom of the screen that provides additional news for people to see, and at the end there is a request for views to send emails or video mail. This change allows viewers to tell their opinions and to be involved in the news media. In Bolter and Grusin’s article they discuss the interface of a computer website like the one shown in Netscape. They said that “its interface is interacive in the sense that these layers of programming always return control to the user, who then initiates another automated reaction” (Pg. 72). Like most websites now, the user can click on whichever link they want to take them to the desired page. They also mention that remediation always operates under the current assumptions about immediacy and hypermediacy (Pg. 66). These things allow people to become involved in the news. Today there are now newspaper articles online where people can comment on the stories and interact with others who comment. There is also the ability to share articles, videos, and pictures to social media sites in order to discuss them with others.