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Megan Gillis Essay 3 – Opening Paragraph October 30, 2011 Laura Pimienta The Reality of the Real World If someone were to turn on their television right now, they would find a slew of reality shows digging into the lives of the rich and famous. Why are they on television? A simple answer would be that they paid their way into the media. However, if one were to take a look into the real reason, it would be obvious: people are only interested in lives better than their own. “Loot or Find: Fact or Frame” describes how the media plays an incredible role in defining America’s melting pot. Cheryl I. Harris and Devon W. Carbado, both teachers at UCLA’s School of Law, write about the frame that the media puts up around celebrities and their infamous behaviors. Framing is a method that causes a person to only see what is being shown, and not the entire picture. The media, in many cases, “folds over” part of the picture, so only some is shown. Harris and Carbado address this issue by showing a picture of a white couple “searching for food” and a young black boy “looting stolen goods”. In the same manner, “The Boy in the Mirror” by James McBride depicts his real-life struggles growing up as a less-than-well-off mixed boy. He is forced by the members of his society to see that he is not accepted and blinded by his mother to protect him from the horrors of the rejecting world. The myth of the melting pot in America has been proven to be an incorrect and falsely advertised statement. The media proves that the social classes of America are only supposed to be high class and higher-working middle class. Anything in between is ignored or not paid attention to, never mentioned in any media. People in America are bombarded with images and videos of celebrities in their natural
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habitat: the spotlight. The media only shows what is wanted to be shown, rather than the reality of what is actually happening. This is an issue that is hard at work slowly destroying the idea that America is still a melting pot of cultures, races, and social classes. If this is given proper attention, America can once again be the land of dreams and opportunities that so many of the first immigrants craved.
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  • Fall '11
  • LauraPimienta
  • Media, White people, Miscegenation

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