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When comparing and contrasting the two news broadcasts from 1980 and 2008, it’s easy to tell the major changes the news have made in the past 20-25 years. The most obvious remedy is the “real-time” news feed text that runs along the bottom of the screen; it appears that in this broadcast that the news is all relayed in the feed, while the anchors and analysts all focus on the same story. On the contrary, the abc news report from 1990 seems to cover all these stories orally and is more focused on the anchorman and the story’s video footage than analysts particular views on one subject as in the 2008 cast. Another difference is the false background shown behind the analysts in the 2008 news and multiple windows shown creating a virtual conference room that you don’t see in the other. The fake backgrounds such as the white house are supposed to give the viewer a sense of “immediacy”, which Bolter and Grusin describe as making something digital, “‘natural’ rather than arbitrary”. Bolter and Grusin also have guidelines for the definition of remediation being that it is “repurposing” and the fact that “the ‘content’ of any medium is always another medium”.These broadcasts show displays these in that the news in the first broadcast has changed in medium to a running text feed.

Remediation In the News

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Change will always be a part of our society. Whether it be technology, people, or places, everything is in a constant state of transformation. Some for the better, some…not so much. One thing that is evident, however, is that the change in technology reflects the society of the time period. By looking at technology from the past and comparing it to today’s technology, one can see the remediation – “the representation of one medium in another” (78) – clearly and observe how much it has changed. Bolter and Grusin have the same idea, saying that “the practices of contemporary media constitutes a lens through which we can view the history of remediation” (66). For example, looking at a broadcast of ABC World News showed a simplified approach that encouraged the viewer to focus on one thing at the time. In contrast, the 2008 broadcast had multiple videos, pictures, and headlines all going together at the same time. Media is a good indicator of society, and it’s obvious that America has transformed from a patient audience that watches the news one story at a time into an audience that demands the news as quickly as possible, sometimes by listening and reading two stories at once.


Although the medium of the news has changed quite a bit in the past couple decades, there are still many similarities. As stated earlier, remediation is “the REPRESENTATION of one medium in another” (78), meaning that the new medium is not an original, but simply an advanced copy. Bolter and Grusin also argue that remediation “ensures that the older medium cannot be entirely effaced” (79), no matter how many years pass, or how many changes it undergoes.

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@samai 14

I noticed many differences between ABC world news and Oprah.  Some of the most obvious differences between them were the colors .They were too boring and not as bright as Oprah. Other obvious differences are the music, commercials, appearance, and speech. The way Peter Jennings spoke to the audience was different. His way of speech, his tone it was just different than the Oprah. The ways the commercials are presented are different. For example talking on the phone while driving is not okay anymore and in one of the ABC commercials they were advertising at&t using card and we don’t see that anymore. We also don’t see those cars or huge phones/cellphones.  Moving on to the technology part on Oprah there’s a lot of screen changing, 3 different people from different places fit in one screen and they’re live and they ask for the public’s opinion by sending an email. I don’t see any of this on the ABC world news. I just feel like news is more realistic now than before. Bolter and Grusin say “in order to create a sense of presence, virtual reality should come as close as possible to our daily visual experience. Its graphic space should be continuous and full of objects and should fill the viewer’s field of vision without rupture.” (p. 67) one last thing I noticed that has nothing to do with technology or new media is that they both talk about a certain race. I feel like ABC sees and treats “blacks” as they refer to them as minorities but on Oprah they have power and are wealthy.