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Response to: “A Media Guy Asks: Why Do They Hate Us?”

Like other journalists before him, Matt Pressman asks readers in Vanity Fair, why does the American public hate the media?

Major complaints, he says, are that the media – 1) Is too liberal. 2) Is too conservative. 3) Screws up. 4) Can’t keep up with the digital revolution. 5) Is narcissistic. 6) Focuses too much on fluff. 7) Is not professional and does not require skilled workers.

My theory on the matter revolves around the assumption that the media has always been and will always be controversial in the eyes of the public. Yet, its role will always be indispensable to us.

From the beginning of printing and mass distribution of information in America, writers and printers have been scrutinized for what they publish and what they choose not to publish.

After a long and hard fight to establish news and information outlets in America, the media has fostered political opinion, democracy and free speech. It has promoted literacy and education of citizens while entertaining and dispensing information to readers that employ these outlets everyday of their lives.

We need to remind ourselves that with all of the media outlets available today, there will be many things we won’t agree with. We may find some publications to be biased or immoral. But, with the diverse and expansive media available to us, we have plenty of other sources that we can choose to read, listen to or watch.

As a nation, we should be proud that we have a diverse and outspoken media. Instead of complaining about it, the public should thank their lucky stars that we don’t live in another country that would not permit the freedom of thought, speech and choice that we enjoy everyday without giving it a second thought.

Instead of ranting about how much we hate the media, we should be grateful we live in a time and place where the media is varied and where we have the freedom to choose from such an abundant collection of media sources.


Lawrence Landmarks Devin Lowell stands next to the bandstand in South Park. Anna Sobering stands across the street from Central Junior High, the former Liberty Memorial High School, at 15th and Massachusetts Streets. Devin Lowell crosses the street in front of the Watkins Bank Building, home to the community museum, at 11th and Massachusetts Streets. Anna Sobering stands in front of Free State Brewing Co., located in the former inter-urban trolly station, which opened in 1989 as the first legal brewery in Kansas in over 100 years. Devin Lowell stands in front Liberty Hall, a 142-year-old theater, located between 6th and 7th on Massachusetts Street. Anna Sobering stands outside the wading pool in South Park. Devin Lowell stands in front of the giant metal sphere that was used to make paper, located on Rhode Island Street, north of the 7th street parking garage. Anna Sobering stands on the Bowersock Dam on the Kansas River. Devin Lowell stands in front of the KU Boathouse in Burcham Park off of the Kansas River. Anna Sobering stands in front of the oldest still-standing building in Lawrence, home to El Matador Restaurant. Devin Lowell stands behind the former Union Pacific Depot, now the Lawrence Visitors Center in North Lawrence. Anna Sobering stands on the Dam at Clinton Lake. Devin Lowell stands in front of the Water Tower near the intersection of Queens Road and 6th Street. Anna Sobering stands in front of the former Lawrence Fire Station #4, which used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. Devin Lowell stands in front of the graffitied plow at the intersection of 27th Street and Inverness. Anna Sobering stands in front of the Polaris Missile in Centennial Park, between 6th and 9th Streets, on Rockledge Road. Devin Lowell stands in front of the ATSF Locomotive 1073, in Buford M. Watson Park between Kentucky and 17th Streets, south of 6th Street. Anna Sobering stands in front of the mural on the back of Hobbs Park softball stands at 11th and Delaware Streets. Devin Lowell stands at Haskell Indian Nations University, located in Lawrence since 1884, at the intersection 23rd Street and Barker. Anna Sobering stands on the platform of the Amtrak Station near the intersection of 7th and New York Streets.


Lawrence Landmarks The Pioneer Cemetery on West Campus is the final resting place to many important past KU faculty and chancellors. It is the oldest cemetery in Lawrence. The buffalo statue is located beside Clinton Parkway amid prairie grass. Graffiti artists use the buffalo as a canvas. Around the holidays, the buffalo is decorated in festive attire. Pinkney Elementary is one of the oldest elementary schools in Lawrence. Langston Hughes is one of it's former pupils. The KU Boathouse in Burcham Park. We should get extra points for survival on this one. A man sitting in an unmarked van looked us over as we ran toward the boathouse. We made note of his license plate as we left. The KU Boathouse houses the KU Women's rowing team. The Union Pacific Depot is found in North Lawrence. It used to function as an operational train station but now is the Lawrence Visitors Center. The bandstand in South Park is a popular location for weddings and other gatherings. Scott and I played with some kids who climbed into one of the many trees found in the park. The ATSF Locomotive 1073 is located in Buford M. Watson Park. Often, the cabin is open for children and visitors to explore. Clinton, Kansas used to be located where the lake now exists. Now, residents and visitors can enjoy the swimming beach or take their boats out for a cruise. The mural in Hobbs Park can be found on the back of the baseball diamond seating. The mural depicts the "history and continued spirit of the East Lawrence neighborhood and it's people." The Missile in Centennial Park. Using Scott and me as reference points, you can better understand the height of the structure. The former #4 fire station was once a stop on the historic Underground Railroad. Scott and I are representing the number four. The oldest still-standing building is found in North Lawrence. The traffic was horrendous getting out there because of some long overdue construction to the underpass, but the El Matador was worth the trek. The giant metal sphere beside the Marriott Suites. Apparently it used to make paper, but Scott and I think it looks a little like an underwater mine. Central Junior High School, formally Liberty Memorial High School. Scott thought it was ghetto but I was glad to be back at my alma mater. Interesting side note: Central was where I first discovered my love of journalism by writing for the Central newspaper! The Watkins Community Museum: where you can learn about Lawrence and enjoy the aroma of Papa Keno's Pizza next door. The Amtrack station is an operational train station. We're pretty sure we saw the beginnings of a drug deal occur. Scott and I found a cool train to play on while we took a break from our Lawrence photo shoot. The Bowersock Dam is located on the Kaw river. There have been several accidents near the area and trespassing is prohibited. Scott and I kept our distance. The children's wading pool in South Park. The pool used to have a seal water feature in the middle but was renovated in 2001 and replaced the seal with a sunflower. It is a popular attraction for young kids in the sweltering Kansas heat. This plain water-tower can be found in northwest Lawrence. Someone should paint Lawrence's name on it because it's visible from far away. The plow found at 27th and Inverness. Scott isn't pictured because I sent him on a mission to kill all of the snakes in the field. He was successful.


Lawrence Landmark Adventure

Central Junior High (formerly Liberty Memorial High School)

Americana Music Academy

South Park bandstand

South Park wading pool (Ashley is singing for joy to have refreshment from the hot, humid day)

Douglas County Courthouse

Watkins Bank Building, also home to the community museum

Hobbs Park softball stand mural

Liberty Hall

ATSF Locomotive 1073 in Buford M. Watson Park

Giant metal sphere used to make paper (Ashley hypothesizes that the sphere rolled over trees and crushed them instantly into paper.)

Amtrak Station

Lawrence Visitors Center (formerly the Union Pacific Depot)

El Matador Cafe, located in the oldest still-standing building in Lawrence

The Bowersock Dam on the Kansas River

KU Boathouse in Burcham Park

Polaris Missile in Centennial Park

Former Lawrence Fire Station #4, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad

The Plow in the field at 27th Street and Inverness (Don't be fooled by the graffiti, it is a plow. We just didn't realize it at first. But the enormous spider living on it confirmed that it was the landmark we searched for.)

Clinton Lake dam

Lawrence Water Tower at 6th Street and Stoneridge


Lawrence Landmarks

Christina DeVoss & Mackenzie Steffen photo assignment Bowersock Dam Haskell Children's Cemetery The Plow at 27th and Inverness former fire station and former stop on Underground Railroad former Liberty Memorial High School, now Central Junior High School South Park bandstand South Park wading pool Free State brewery, opened 1989 as Kansas' first legal brewery in more than 100 years metal sphere (near 7th and Rhode Island) Hobbs Park softball field mural Van Gogh Arts Center Amtrak Station Watkins Bank Building downtown ATSF Locomotive 1073 in Watson Park KU boathouse at Burcham Park El Matador restaurant -- oldest building in Lawrence former Union Pacific Depot - Lawrence Visitors Center Polaris Missile in Centennial Park Dam at Clinton Lake Lawrence water tower


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