The World of Arts & Entertainment analyzed in the NYTimes

14 Mar


“Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television”–Rita Mae Brown

This Monday morning I picked up a copy of the New York Times and turned to the A&E section. Of course this beat would be a buzz because of sunday night’s Annual Academy Awards ceremony, more commonly known as The Oscars. The two big stories on the front page of the Arts section were highlighting the winners and losers of the night, and the winers and losers on the red carpet. The article entailed, “Tradition (Mostly) Reigns on the Red Carpet was a fashion review of the night. The writer, named Eric Wilson, has a cynical tone through out his analysis of what was worn on the red carpet. He discusses how everything was very traditional and classic- Hollywood but complained about how this was such a boring trend. Wilson added a lot of personality into his piece and I figured that it is because this was a fashion review, not a fact based report. He added a lot of opinions on how actresses channeling the safe route on the red carpet leads to a bland event. Wilson doesn’t use any outside sources, the piece mostly consist of his clever quips and a summary and review of attire worn by the most popular celebrities to walk the carpet. I disagreed with Wilson’s opinion on how a classic “safe” style on the carpet is equivalent to boring but this got me to realizing that this entire piece is simply an opinion, columnist piece rather than a full fledged article, it leaves room debate and disagreement, no hard hitting facts.

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