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Newspaper Biases About The Woodstock Music And Art Fair

805 words - 4 pages

November 18, 2010

Library Project II

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was an “Aquarian Exposition” that took place on a 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. The event was described to be “three days of peace and music” and drew a crowd of over 450,000 people[1]. Because this function drew such a large crowd, it also drew much media attention. The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer were three newspapers that published articles about Woodstock that had different attitudes about it based on a number of reasons such the region of America they were in, the demographics, etc.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's article “N.Y. Rock Fair ...view middle of the document...

” A large part of the article is about how “traffic was 'at a virtual standstill'” and that it was “bumper to bumper up to four and one-half hours”[3] but that was mainly because Woodstock was taking place there: New York's citizens would want to know about which roads to avoid driving on. It read as though the article was written to inform readers the facts and details of the festival and give them a warning about the traffic jams. This neutrality might be because the target audience for The New York Times tends to be educated, a little younger, and more interested in current affairs.
The Washington Post's article “People Together” portrayed Woodstock as a good thing; bringing out the kindness in people. It divulges the number of “hippies” that were attending and how there was a “call for emergency help with food, water, and medical assistance”. It goes on to say that about 36 hours after the emergency call was made, “it was the people who didn't want them who gave them food, water, and medical help.” Some food establishments decided not to tax the “kids” because “they need the three cents more than we do.”; people even started to give way food and water to the “poor kids stuck out there.” People who at first viewed Woodstock with “disgust and dismay”[4] soon rose up to help the people who needed it. The article came...

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