“Broken Glass” is a story about former journalist Stephen Glass, who made up and created stories in The New Republic, a Washington newspaper, and passed those stories off as true. I thought the article was well written, but I wondered throughout the story how somebody could pass off so many newspaper stories as true when they were really all just made up. This story made me realize and confirm that not everything you read is true, and some or even most stories are somewhat fabricated.
This does make me quite a bit skeptical on the story “Prophets and Losses” we read earlier, which was written by Stephen Glass. After knowing that most of the stories Glass wrote were fabricated, I am somewhat doubtful that “Prophets and Losses” was entirely true. This article is different from “Prophets and Losses” in many different ways; one being the fact that the narration is different. “Prophets and Losses” was first-person narration by Glass, himself, “Shattered Glass” was third-person omniscient narration and it was told by an outside source, Buzz Bissinger. Also, the persuasion used is different in both stories; in “Prophets and Losses”, Glass is trying to persuade the audience by saying he actually did become a psychic. In “Broken Glass”, Bissinger persuades the audience by telling us about conversations and stories about and with Stephen Glass.
Overall, I thought it was a terrific and interesting story and it really shows that writers who fabricate stories eventually get caught and have to pay the price.