Jorge RM Paper 4 Final

Jorge RM Paper 4 Final - Ruz-Mora 1 Jorge Ruz-Mora Jill...

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Ruz-Mora 1 Jorge Ruz-Mora Jill Bergkamp ENC 1102 11 April 2010 Propagation of False Happiness There is a children’s game called telephone, which consists of the transmission of a message from one end of a group of children to the other. This game is a perfect example of how the media propagates false beliefs about happiness. At the end of almost every game the output is the same, the starting message is twisted by the participants into something completely different. False beliefs about happiness work the same way, they are passed from person to person as if they were true because of the influence by the media. In Diana Taylor's essay "False Identifications: Minority Populations Mourn Diana" she explains how the media gave Princess Diana so much attention that they almost were at fault when she died. In Daniel Gilbert’s essay “Reporting Live from Tomorrow” he explores how false beliefs about what makes a person happy are transmitted as super-replicators. False happiness tends to be propagated by the media for the duration of the mourning of a celebrity in societies where the members are close because some individuals might believe that by participating in the mourning of a celebrity they will be happy because they will feel like they belong to a group. The propagation of false happiness is catalyzed by individuals who believe they are happy because they are mourning a celebrity. When a big event like the death of a celebrity comes along, individuals who are alone see an opportunity to become part of a group that they usually would not join. Mourning brings together people who share a common love for the fallen celebrity. Mourning could bring false happiness because not necessarily all people that mourn
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Ruz-Mora 2 Diana will feel happy during the mourning process. Some individuals might not think that by mourning Diana they are helping the unification of the society. To stop the sadness that comes with the mourning, these people might try to tell others that they are happy when they are just putting a front to hide their true feelings of sorrow. Diana Taylor explores in her essay, “The tragic emplotment of events surrounding Diana and the theatricality of the staging, transmitted internationally, create the illusion of a cohesive, ‘universal audience”’ (232). The mourning of Princess Diana brought together many admirers of different backgrounds and made it seem as
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2010 for the course ENC 1102 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at Fairmont State.

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