WRITING TASK 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic :
Newspapers have become an enormous influence on people's ideas and opinions. Why is this the case? Is it a desirable or undesirable situation?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words .
In modern society, newspapers play an essential role in shaping people's thoughts on a wide range of issues and are always regarded as an indispensable source of information. In my opinion, this complex phenomenon can be boiled down to several key factors, and both its positive and negative aspects need to be analyzed thoroughly.
To begin with, human curiosity is an underlying factor in the growing popularity of news-papers. As the only species on the planet equipped with extraordinary intelligence, humans are inveterately curious about the latest events around the globe. Therefore, all kinds o newspapers prosper in such an age that is gushing with information, appealing to people's increasingly strong desire to know more about this constantly changing world.
To a large extent, this situation is a desirable one with its many positive aspects. First of all,most newspapers and magazines report actual events in a detailed way, providing not only actual information but also deep insights into complex social and political issues. In addition,major newspapers have smoothly operated branches, seasoned correspondents and a highly efficient system to collect local news with the swiftest actions. Most importantly, their cover-age and insightful comments can encourage young readers to form their own opinions on cur-rent affairs.
On the other hand, people should be fully aware of the downside of the journalistic dominance. By furnishing citizens with prejudiced and self-opinionated reports on sensitive issues,newspapers can manipulate their perspectives and attitudes and exercise a sort of monopoly on their way of thinking.
In conclusion, while absorbing bits of information in the newspapers, readers are advised to adopt an objective approach and cast a discriminating eye on their way of presentation,comments and implicit assumptions.
★regard as 把……当作
We regard labour as a matter of honour.我们认为劳动是光荣的事。
★ curiosity [ˌkjʊəriˈɒsəti]n.好奇心
I caught the employer's attention and aroused his curiosity.我吸引了雇主的注意力，并激起他的好奇心。
Could I ask about your attitude to intelligence tests?请问您对智力测验有什么看法？★prosper[ˈprɒspə(r)]v.昌盛，繁荣
We are bound to prosper beyond other countries.我们肯定要比其他国家更兴旺繁荣。★ appeal to引起……的兴趣
Bright colours appeal to small children.鲜艳的颜色吸引小孩儿。
A clever politician knows how to manipulate his supporters.一个聪明的政治家知道如何利用他的拥护者。