Assigment 5 - Rough Draft

Assigment 5 - Rough Draft - Elorm Avakame Expository...

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Elorm Avakame Expository Writing 101 – Section LS November 6, 2008 Assignment 5 – Rough Draft 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 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. When an individual observes a certain situation for themselves and is not dependent on the account of others, those images can be accepted as factual. That situation does not have to be observed as it takes place; it can also be observed via visual representation in the form of photographical or video imagery. Loffreda’s “Losing Matt Shepard” tells the story of the brutal
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