metaphors - 1 Medoro A ndrew Medoro M s. Lynnetta Hall...

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Andrew Medoro Ms. Lynnetta Hall English 112DD 26 April 2011 Figurative Language in Our Modern Society Over the last century American society and media has become accustomed to an extreme amount of figurative language, so much so that we as a society have become unaware of their existence in literature, film, radio, and television. They have become pure commonplace in our daily lives that their very existence is seen as a typical element of mainstream media and are otherwise overlooked. In fact most sportscasters news anchors and columnists have devised their own signature catchphrases that are essentially metaphors, but once again are overlooked by the American populace. It is my opinion that this is a representation of American society, and the way in which we converse which one another and utilize our media outlets, in addition symbols and metaphors convey feelings of emotion and memories which cannot be described in mere words. They are used at times to depict strong emotional components of organizations that mean far more to 1
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the members than words could ever hope to describe. Finally, the American media demands a more entertaining experience by our color commentators than a simple play by play; we require a more illustrative and meaningful experience from our media outlets. Over the last century, the American media has become a multi-billion dollar industry, which has been embraced by millions both domestically and overseas. Such a key component of our media industry has been commercialized from all angles from crowd-amusing mascots, to jerseys, to dramatic announcers, nearly every aspect American sports has been commercialized in order to give the audience an entertaining experience which is truly worth their money. Arguably one of the most noticeable figures in sports for me growing up was the Indians Broadcast announcer Tom Hamilton, some of his notable catch phrases include “Swing and a Drive wayyyyy back and gone!” In addition he is well known for reiterating certain metaphors that include “the Tribe is pounding them this inning like a hammer on nails,” and “he’s throwing like a blind man out there.” Such metaphors have become commonplace within the majority of professional 2
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sports, as well as amateur sports. While you average sports announcer can simply state “the pitcher is throwing a lot of balls this inning,” or “the Indians are hitting unusually well this game.” The American media desires for a more entertaining and method
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