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BTMM 1041 – Media In Everyday Life V For Vendetta Report V For Vendetta, directed by James McTeigue and produced by the famed Wachowski brothers, is a story set in the future about a freedom fighter known only as V determined to convince the people of England by any means necessary to take back the freedom stolen from them by a totalitarian government under a ruthless dictator. Under the conviction that “People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people”, V decides to destroy several buildings that symbolize government power and dominance, among them the Old Bailey clock tower, and ultimately, the Parliament building. Because of the government’s manipulation of media, V takes over the only TV station present in the film, BTN. Previously used as a government propaganda distribution tool, V’s takeover of BTN allows mass communication from him to the people of England. Ultimately, V is able to destroy Parliament, and at the end of the film the people unite and overthrow the government. The media metaphors depicted by V For Vendetta are mirage, master, matrix, and cosmos. Media as mirage illustrates how media can be used to cover up reality and propagate an agenda, as the government does in the film. Master depicts how media can be used for surveillance purposes, to keep a public in submission by monitoring and controlling them. Matrix in the context of the movie refers to how the people of England are completely plugged into a mediated environment. The government installed screens everywhere so they could monitor the public as well as disseminate information. Cosmos depicts a society where the mediated environment and reality are brought together and fully integrated. V was able to accomplish creating a reality that matched his mediated symbolic presence when he brought the people together to complete a goal expressed through his TV broadcast. The overwhelming dominance of a government agenda as shown through media is a main theme throughout the film. The government uses the power given to it by media technology to control, influence, and indoctrinate the people of England. This theme has many parallels to every-day life. Governments in fiction and reality use media (computer programs, surveillance technology) to track and keep tabs on people they feel are dangerous to society. The power of technology as a surveillance tool is thoroughly shown in V For Vendetta. V For Vendetta illustrates at least four media metaphors: media as mirage (how the government uses media to cover over reality), master (the government controls the populace through surveillance and distribution of information), matrix (integrated media and TV screens throughout the country designed to unite the people through the distribution of information), and cosmos (V distributed Guy Fawkes masks to the people in order to connect each individual to the symbol they saw on the TV; he brought the mediated image to the real world when the entire population showed up to witness the destruction of Parliament). To a lesser extent, the film also depicts media as mirror.
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