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# Journalism's purpose is to inform people about matters

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12 Aug 2018, 05:35
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Journalism's purpose is to inform people about matters relevant to the choices they must make. Yet, clearly, people often buy newspapers or watch television news programs precisely because they contain sensationalistic gossip about people whom they will never meet and whose business is of little relevance to their lives. Obviously, then, the sensationalistic gossip contained in newspapers and television news programs ____________

A. is at least sometimes included for nonjournalistic reasons

B. prevents those news media from achieving their purpose

C. is more relevant to people's lives now than it used to be

D. should not be thought of as a way of keeping an audience entertained

E. is of no value to people who are interested in journalism

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12 Aug 2018, 07:56
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vineethk929 wrote:
AshutoshB wrote:
Journalism's purpose is to inform people about matters relevant to the choices they must make. Yet, clearly, people often buy newspapers or watch television news programs precisely because they contain sensationalistic gossip about people whom they will never meet and whose business is of little relevance to their lives. Obviously, then, the sensationalistic gossip contained in newspapers and television news programs ____________

A. is at least sometimes included for nonjournalistic reasons

B. prevents those news media from achieving their purpose

C. is more relevant to people's lives now than it used to be

D. should not be thought of as a way of keeping an audience entertained

E. is of no value to people who are interested in journalism

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Imo..a..all others are out of scope

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Question Type:
Inference (Fill-In)

Stimulus Breakdown:
Papers are supposed to inform people on important stuff. However, people often buy papers because of celebrity gossip (which isn't important). This sensationalism is…

The gossip isn't included to hit the papers' purpose. Since the stimulus states that people buy the papers for the gossip, a good way to combine these two statements is to say that the gossip is included to drive sales.

(A)

(A) Bam! Right off the bat. This gossip can't fulfill journalism's purpose, so it must be included for some other reason. I picked a specific purpose in my prephrase, and this answer is more generic, but it serves the same purpose as what I was looking for.

(B) Degree. A newspaper can contain both useful information and celebrity gossip. "prevents" is too strong.

(C) Unwarranted comparison. The stimulus doesn't talk about today vs. the past.

(D) If anything, opposite. It seems as if the gossip is there to entertain/titillate while possibly trying to slip some important information to the reader.

(E) Degree. If it gets people to buy the paper and read the informational section, the gossip could serve a purpose. "[N]o purpose" is too strong.
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12 Aug 2018, 06:24
AshutoshB wrote:
Journalism's purpose is to inform people about matters relevant to the choices they must make. Yet, clearly, people often buy newspapers or watch television news programs precisely because they contain sensationalistic gossip about people whom they will never meet and whose business is of little relevance to their lives. Obviously, then, the sensationalistic gossip contained in newspapers and television news programs ____________

A. is at least sometimes included for nonjournalistic reasons

B. prevents those news media from achieving their purpose

C. is more relevant to people's lives now than it used to be

D. should not be thought of as a way of keeping an audience entertained

E. is of no value to people who are interested in journalism

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Imo..a..all others are out of scope

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08 Nov 2018, 00:29
Experts pls give your inputs.. i could not make any understanding.. may be i am not yet good at tackling such question.. if that is the case.. what should i do.. i mean any strategies to solve such questions?? or i am overthinking..
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10 Nov 2018, 18:13
GMAT215 wrote:
Experts pls give your inputs.. i could not make any understanding.. may be i am not yet good at tackling such question.. if that is the case.. what should i do.. i mean any strategies to solve such questions?? or i am overthinking..

GMAT215, if the problem you're facing is just that you're having a hard time reading the passages themselves, there's no magic bullet that will solve that issue. You'll just have to become better -- in general -- at reading these tougher passages. This general guide to RC might help, especially some of the links toward the end of the article.

Also, keep in mind that this is an LSAT question, which are generally a bit tougher than the GMAT in terms of the difficulty of the language. You can read more about the LSAT in this article -- but you might want to focus on some of the GMAT materials first.

I hope this helps!
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25 Nov 2018, 09:10
GMATNinja wrote:
GMAT215 wrote:
Experts pls give your inputs.. i could not make any understanding.. may be i am not yet good at tackling such question.. if that is the case.. what should i do.. i mean any strategies to solve such questions?? or i am overthinking..

GMAT215, if the problem you're facing is just that you're having a hard time reading the passages themselves, there's no magic bullet that will solve that issue. You'll just have to become better -- in general -- at reading these tougher passages. This general guide to RC might help, especially some of the links toward the end of the article.

Also, keep in mind that this is an LSAT question, which are generally a bit tougher than the GMAT in terms of the difficulty of the language. You can read more about the LSAT in this article -- but you might want to focus on some of the GMAT materials first.

I hope this helps!

thanks alot Sir.
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