I need help starting a compare and contrast paper on comparing radio and television commercials. I have my information but I'm stuck. Please help.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As an opening, you may wish to point to something striking about radio and television.  One remark about the media--which was only newspapers in his time--was made by Napoleon Bonaparte who said that the first action to take after conquering a country was to get control of the newspapers.  Whoever controls the media, controls the dissemination of information in its every aspect.  When the visual was added to the media, an entirely different dimension was added. 

The most memorable contrast between the radio and the television as influential media in the United States occurred during the 1960 presidential campaign of Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.  After radio programs and other campaigning, Nixon was ahead 11 points in the national polls.  In September of 1960 after the first Presidential Debates, which historians record as the "turning point" of the election, was broadcast on television, John F. Kennedy's approval rate in the polls soared; he was elected President of the United States in less than two months after this debate.

brandih eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might also want to check out the free guide on eNotes called, How to Write a Compare-and-Contrast Essay.

krishna-agrawala | Student

If you have the information needed to write the essay one of the major task is already completed. You can write the a good essay in following steps.

  1. Brain dump: Put down in writing all the information and ideas you have on the subject without bothering about things like your writing style, language, grammar and spelling. Do not spend too much time on this. If you have some specific time assigned for completing the essay, you should devote about half of that time on this step.
  2. Overall organization and language: Rewrite the essay on the basis of your first draft. This time you pay closer attention to the overall organization of the essay, writing style, and clarity of language.
  3. Editing for consistency: Edit the essay to ensure consistency paying attention to aspects such as use of active versus passive voice, tense and person.
  4. Editing for grammar.
  5. Editing for spelling
  6. Editing for presentation: In this step you pat attention to aspects like margins, spacing, selection of font type and size, and use of capitalization.