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Padilla 1 Yazmin Nicolette Padilla Professor Cabot College Writing Intensive 20 September 2016 Media Coverage of Chibok Abductions It was the final month of my Junior Year at Willow Canyon High School when my IB History teacher, Mr. Ornstein, started off first period with a bang. Literally. As all of us were chatting right as the bell was about to ring when Mr. Ornstein slammed the door, woke up any students who may have been dozing off, turned to the class, and asked a question. “What is a terrorist?” He then strided to the whiteboard at the front of the class, again asking, “What. Is. A. Terrorist?” Hands shot up and he began to call for answers. “A group that works to terrorize.” “Al-Qaeda.” “People who kill people to scare other people.” Mr. Ornstein looked at his students, nodded, and while setting up the projector continued, “ So a terrorist is someone who scares people, citizens, to push their agenda. Terrorists kill people.” He stood back and waited for the projector to warm up, “So tell me, what is a group that has no problem killing people going to think when they see this?” An image of Michelle Obama popped up on the board in front of us, in her hands was a sign that said #BringBackOurGirls (Shear). “The terrorists must be trembling in their boots.” Mr. Ornstein said sarcastically. It was in that class that Mr. Ornstein introduced me to the real power of the media and government and how that could influence the public perspective . However, it was not until I reached college that I could truly understand the different forms of biases and information that made up the story. Brooke Gladstone wrote about these concepts in The Influencing Machine and throughout this essay I will explain how these concepts apply to news stories revolving
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Padilla 2 around the Chibok Abductions. Furthermore revealing how the public perception of the story was presented and influenced by the media. On April 14th 2014 the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped of 273 Nigerian girls attending a school that provided them an education. Shortly after the kidnapping Boko Haram released a video threatening to sell the schoolgirls because of their education (Boko Haram). “We are against western education.” Abubakar Shekau says in the video, then continuing to explain
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