{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

Essay 3 White Noise.docx - Ellis 1 Karissa Ellis Brandyn...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ellis 1 Karissa Ellis Brandyn Johnson English 2017 4 May 2017 White Noise’s Predictions of Modern-Day Concerns Our modern landscape is full of hidden complexity and hidden meanings and agendas, particularly in the media that we consume. From the thousands of advertisements that brush past us every day to the news that we listen to, we are all affected by these often-overlooked influencers. There are concerns over the media trying to distract us, trying to feed us trivialities and make us ignorant to the true issues of the day. Many now have concerns about whether or not we are the consumer, or the product being consumed. People from all sides of the political spectrum voice their concerns over “fake news.” Whether by being overtly deceitful, lying by omission, or drowning out the truth with the use of “white noise,” finding the truth seems to be becoming a more difficult task every passing day. Even though this issue seems to be a fairly recent development to the modern American, there were some who were pondering this problem decades ago. Author Don DeLillo published his book White Noise in 1985 describing these issues long before they were in the spotlight. His satirical musings seem to ring true today more than ever, which is even more astonishing considering the internet revolution and the seemingly massive changes this has brought. Advertising and media were just starting to take a major shift in the 1980’s, and DeLillo caught onto this and worked it into his story, slipping in small, disconcerting
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ellis 2 comments and descriptions of the effect that this has on humanity in his novel. What are the ways that advertising has integrated into society that we so casually accept today? How has our media gotten to be this way? DeLillo considers these questions, as well as the effects of media as a whole. While this has been a consideration by some for quite a while now, this topic has been brought into the forefront of the modern mind due to the major shifts and divides now presenting themselves in our culture. Have we become too dependent on the media? Have we lost a key component to a peaceful civilization by drowning ourselves in the next cheap breaking news story? Even though we may feel like we are bystanders in a strange world with backward priorities, White Noise illustrates how these are simply products of our consumerism. White Noise’ s protagonist Jack Gladney traverses a world where the imaginary is the truth so long as there are people to support and believe in it. Even though this may seem ridiculous to us with our professor’s garb and glasses on, if we step back and learn to sort through the white noise, we may learn how true this revelation is. Our world is increasingly complex with very little black- and-white, and yet over 30 years ago DeLillo predicted the nature of the world that we are living in today.
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}