E-Journal 5

E-Journal 5 - What is reality and what is fiction? These...

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What is reality and what is fiction? These are among the most important questions one should ask when observing today’s media. Everyday, we are bombarded with numerous images and emotional stories. Sometimes we get so caught up in these stories that we fail to recognize what is really the truth. We must realize that media thrives off of hype and emotion. We must also understand that they may create it in order to feed our hunger for drama. Sometimes it is all an act and we are helpless as viewers to see what is truly behind these theatrics. It might shock us to learn that our own government may be the ones behind these dramatic creations. Professor Scheer thought it was necessary to for us to see the film, “Wag the Dog,” for many important reasons. Mainly, he wanted to show us that everything we see on TV and the news is not always what it seems to be. The movie displayed how the government could use the drama of staged war to distract the public from an investigation of the president’s sex scandal. Though this just was a movie, Bob was able to explain how it relates to our government and the media. For instance, the movie was based on our guest speaker Larry Bindhart’s book that was
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2008 for the course COMM 310 taught by Professor Scheer during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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