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Jorge RM Paper 1 Final

Jorge RM Paper 1 Final - RuzMora1 Jorge Ruz-Mora Jill...

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   Ruz-Mora 1 Jorge Ruz-Mora Jill Bergkamp ENC 1102 28 January 2010 Filling the Emptiness When thinking about the death of a popular person the images that are projected are those of millions of mourners in a line trying to pay tribute to their fallen idol. During the upcoming weeks after the death, all that its heard on the news and radio are facts about the life of that person that died. Steve Irwin's death was mourned by many people around the world that did not know him personally. In Diana Taylor's essay "False Identifications: Minority Populations Mourn Diana" she explains how minorities mourned Princess Diana even though they did not know her. In today's society mourning the death of an international figure has turned into an outlet for people who are insecure to create a false sense of unity that helps them fill the emptiness they feel because of the way they have chosen to live their lives. The primarily way of mourning an icon is the display of that icon's life story that the media creates. A perfect example is the remembrance of the Australian wildlife advocate Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter). The media hyped up his death like it was the death of someone very close to the people who were watching or listening. His show was aired in a couple of marathons, his wife was asked to go on talk shows to talk about the death of her husband; even though he had died recently, which was an insensitive thing to do. Also, an incredible amount of websites allowed fans to express their feelings by leaving comments. The biggest spectacle of all was in the Australia Zoo, where the Crocodile Hunter worked, where mourners went to place flowers, teddy bears and books filled with good bye comments. Diana Taylor says in her essay
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   Ruz-Mora 2 that, "The exclusive, well-behaved public of dignitaries and movie stars inside the Abbey, the charged "popular" audience on the meadows outside, the two billion people watching each other watching around the world" (229). Just like during Princess Diana's funeral, many people assisted to the Australia Zoo to show their respects, while others just watched from their homes. In addition, Diana Taylor states in her essay that, "Everywhere the camera rested, people were sobbing silently. The emotion was contagious" (229). The media did a wonderful job, they made it seem like Steve Irwin was a close friend that had died. The media is just a catalyst, they give people the spark to mourn; people just have an emptiness inside of them that they try to fill by feeling sad towards a person that they have not met. Even though Steve Irwin was not royalty or
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