HOW NEWS-SAVVY ARE YOU?

By: helenemiles

Mar 31 2010

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Category: 1, REMIX

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HOW NEWS-SAVVY ARE YOU?

QUIZ #1
Tory cabinet minister Helena Guergis threw a tantrum at the Charlottetown airport on her birthday. How old was she turning?
(a) 41
(b) 49
(c) 50

It’s bad enough to be kicked off a flight because you’re too fat to fit in the seat. But now, filmmaker Kevin Smith has to deal with the humiliating press coverage of the incident, which has since been dubbed Fatgate. In response, Smith pledged to do which of the following:
(a) Buy his own helicopter
(b) Stab the president of the Southwest Airlines
(c) Purchase two seats from now on

Kelly Osbourne has undergone some shocking transformations lately, from dropping six dress sizes to dying her hair lavender with an “old lady rinse.” What is this chameleon’s natural hair colour?

(a) Black
(b) Red
(c) Blonde

Justin Bieber, Canadian teenie-bop sensation, will be hitting the road for the first time ever. Starting in June, he will begin his tour of North American cities, including Toronto, London, and Ottawa. For the big occasion, he’ll probably turn to his mentor for advice. Who would that be?

(a) Jay-Z
(b) Usher
(c) Eminem

QUIZ #2
What monumental legislation in the USA was recently signed and passed after a narrow 219-212 vote in the House of Representatives?

(a) Healthcare Reform Bill
(b) Arms Export Control Act
(c) Patriot Reform Bill

The B.C. government confirmed the rumors of the proposed entertainment complex planned for property beside BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. It would include a 110,000-square-feet, 24-hour casino, two international hotels and five restaurants. The cost of the project is estimated to be:

(a) $350-million
(b) $400-million
(c) $450-million

In what country did 60,000 red-shirted protesters claimed a symbolic victory on Saturday after forcing soldiers to retreat from parts of capital city’s historic district? The protesters raised tensions in what so far has been a nonviolent bid to demand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections, which he has repeatedly rejected.

(a) India
(b) Thailand
(c) Azerbaijan

4,000 cities in 125 countries and 1,200 famous landmarks from the Forbidden City to the pyramids to the Las Vegas Strip have all turned off their lights at 8:30PM for a short period of time on March 27, 2010. What is this in support of?

(a) To raise money for cancer research
(b) To raise awareness about the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS
(c) To raise awareness about energy consumption and the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment

Answers: Quiz #1 a,a,c,b, Quiz #2 a,c,b,c

I chose this as my REMIX project because I found this Macleans quiz to be a classic example of dumbing down news content. Quiz #1 was taken from Macleans and Quiz #2 I made up myself with events that I thought were actually “news worthy.” The title of the Macleans quiz “How News Savvy Are You?” and the content of the quiz were totally contradictory. The word news to me means the communication of information about recent and important events; Kelly Osbourne’s hair colour is not what I consider news worthy.
I believe that the demand for 24hr news has degraded the information content and created a paradigm shift where gossip has become a form of news to please the masses. The public is treated an uneducated, unread mass of people that can not focus on anything for longer than a few minutes. This Macleans “News Savvy” quiz confirms this theory and helps create the vicious cycle where people are conditioned to what they get.

Helene Miles

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