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unknown 1Expository Writing 355:101 Final Draft Paper #4 November 20, 2017How the Media Blinds UsFor the people that are not aware, Native Americans are constantly struggling for social recognition, and are having their rights violated by the United States government. This is an example of the minimal acknowledgement our society has towards many situations, because of the media’s high level of authorization and control. The media is a business, and businesses oftenoperate to their own benefit. The author Beth Loffreda, in her article “Losing Matt Shepard”, explains the media’s bias behavior in regards to the death of Matt Shepard, a gay teenager. The death of Shepard took place in a small town of Laramine, Wyoming, which consists of many white privileged individuals; just like the media. In addition, Susan Faludi, author of “The NakedCitadel”, writes about the gender issues within The Citadel, while at the same time belittling the males in the Citadel due to her strict criticisms and biases. Faludi and Loffreda both encounter moments where they question the media’s standards, or yet, where they act as the media themselves. Both authors introduce examples of injustices caused by the media. It is crucial to pay attention to the media in order to stay connected, and to know what is going on with the world. Yet you need to take the time to process and reanalyze what is actually going on, because anything said by the media can be said based on a biased opinion, instead of the truth. The mediais the foundation of a person’s opinion and viewpoint towards certain people and events in society. The media can act as a benefit towards the privileged, leading to the oppression and limitation towards certain racial groups and gender identities. Most of the time the people who are “privileged”, are the ones who tend to benefit from the media’s output. Loffreda discusses a similar event like this when the murderers of a Matt Shepard, Henderson and McKinney scared
unknown 2the minority community in Laramine. Loffreda mentions, “Catrina Evans, a young women of Latino and African- American heritage, told me that when the minority community on campus heard that two Latino teenagers had also been attacked by Henderson and McKinney that night, ‘the immediate response was, oh my God, what about my safety? How safe am I here?” (253).

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