Media vs. Real World Problems
The media influences nearly everything and everyone in America and around the world. Television shows, music, and movies cloud our minds. Therefore, we don’t know about even half of the world’s problems. While children in Africa are starving and dying from contaminated water we sit around and watch MTV. The media should use its power to bring real world problems to light. In the political cartoon simply titled “Miley Cyrus” we see the problem with media and it’s shadowing of situations that actually matter.
There are many elements in this political cartoon that support my argument. Frist of all, the bottom half of the cartoon shows a boy sitting at his computer desk looking at the news. The computer screen reads “Top Story: Miley Cyrus does obscene dance.” Is this the type of content that should be a top news story? Isn’t there more important things that we as American citizens should be informed about? This country could be on the verge of World War III and we may not even know. For example, today there was a shooting in Washington D.C. at a naval base that killed twelve people. Yet the first story I saw on my news bulletin was about Selena Gomez and her English boy band crush. This seems unreasonable to me. I don’t believe Selena Gomez’s crush is more important than twelve innocent lives lost.
Next, in the top picture there is what looks like an air force plane with the word “Syria” on its tail piece. Below the plane there are hands poking up desperately out of the ground. It seems as if these hands are reaching out in need of help. The plane is also dropping a gas bomb. We know it is a gas bomb because of the word “Gas” written on the bomb’s side. The background of this picture looks dark and grey. It looks as if there are bombs exploding. The media has shadowed the issues in Syria to the point where most of us don’t have the slightest clue what’s going on. I personally don’t exactly know what’s been...
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