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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Vargas, Dowd, and Hiaasen

Vargas, Dowd, and Hiaasen -- Not a law firm, not an ice cream company. Who are they? What do they have in common?

These three writers are columnists. More specifically, columnists who write for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Miami Herald, respectively.

Their writing styles are each unique to one another and the topics covered range from the C.E.O. of Facebook to Floriday's Republican primary. What unites them is that they are all motivated by the tides of politics.

Jose Antonio Vargas opens with a story on Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O. of Facebook. How is this political? Zuckerberg has established himself as a big player in the worlwide web arena. His influence has risen with frightening speed. Imagine if he were to run for President!

Maureen Dowd follows with her column on Christine O'Donnell where she is compared to former President Jimmy Carter, whose popularity took a severe hit when he admitted to committing adultery in his heart.

Bringing up the rear is Carl Hiaasen who, with snappy language and short paragraphs, shares his feelings on the recent Republican primary in Florida.

The three articles are all distinguishable from one another and are clearly written for specific audiences. Issues like Facebook and Christine O'Donnell attract more national (or, in the case of Zuckerberg, international) attention than the election in Florida.

by Jose Antonio Vargas

by Maureen Dowd

by Carl Hiaasen

-Bobby Allen

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