Assigment 5 - Final Draft

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Elorm Avakame Expository Writing 101 – Section LS November 13, 2008 Assignment 5 – Final Copy Truth in Imagery As we are barraged with thousands upon thousands of images, it is our responsibility to sort through them and determine which ones are valid and hold some semblance of truth. So then, how often can we accept as fact the images that we are exposed to? Azar Nafisi, in “Reading Lolita in Tehran”, discusses the role of imagery or the repression thereof in our everyday lives. To her, there is no greater crime than to strip from a society the ability to freely display and absorb all different kinds of imagery. These sentiments led her to lead a secret literature class in which her students explored works and themes that were forbidden by their dictatorial government, and to express themselves in their sanctum sanctorum in ways that they would never have been able to in public. Beth Loffreda, in “Losing Matt Shepard”, details the injustices of journalistic inaccuracies and how the images that are supplied by the media can, accurately or inaccurately, shape society’s impression of a certain person, place, or time period. The question of whether or not imagery can be trusted as reality provides for complex discussion. On one hand, imagery can be accepted as fact when the imagery is based on fact, and when it is visually observed firsthand, and not constructed by what others say. This is not to say that secondhand imagery is never dependable. However, when a motive exists for reality to be misconstrued, secondhand imagery cannot be depended upon as a reliable source of factual information. Imagery is far more reliable as truth when it is based on fact and not on opinion. Loffreda’s “Losing Matt Shepard” tells the story of the brutal homicide of a young homosexual male in Laramie, Wyoming and the debacle that unfolded in the days, weeks, and months
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following the murder. In the small town of Laramie, where murder was a rare occurrence, little explanation was available as to why something so gruesome would have taken place. The news media that covered the story began to portray an image of Laramie to the rest of the world that portrayed Laramie as a hateful place, an image formed based on the opinion that the crime represented the anti-gay sentiments of many of the town’s citizens. Loffreda writes that, “the crime, and Laramie, had already begun to take on a second life, a broadcast existence barely tethered to the truths of that night or [the town], an existence nourished less by facts and far more by the hyperboles of tabloid emotion” (375). In reality, the hatred that the Shepard’s murderers carried was an anomaly. Citizens of Laramie insisted that their town was a place in which brotherly love was a founding ideal, rather than a place where people killed their neighbors. They
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