His essay is centered on why it is stupid and who

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stupidity. His essay is centered on why it is stupid and who contributes to it, but does not give much justice in the attempt to spread awareness which is his major goal. In section three, Saunders illustrates the worst-case attempt in formulating a precise and truthful picture: Let it be understood that the informant’s main job is to entertain and that, if he fails in this, he’s gone. Also, the man being informed? Make him too busy, ill-prepared, and distracted” (241). This description is replicating a television news station, in which a host is presenting a story to thousands of distracted viewers who are putting half of their attention to the TV. It implies that the author favors written forms of communication to the verbal. Saunders is trying to tell the reader that in order to spread the awareness of the Megaphone’s nonsense we must choose to be educated by the most precise means of education. I agree that reading demands complete attention, whereas half-listening to the TV in the room does not require someone to be fully ‘tuned in.’ Thus, reading a daily newspaper may be one of the ‘small drops of specificity’ that Saunders wants us to pay attention to in order to spread truth. “Braindead Megaphone” demonstrates how powerful volume is in today’s media. Much of our society has been seduced by the Megaphone noise and is unaware of it. However, the picture is actually brighter than Saunders draws it. There are sections of the news industry that are void of the stupidity that the media creates, and even some of the audience resists it. Despite
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this ray of hope, the awareness that Saunders wants to spread to the masses will not cover every nook and cranny. There will always be victims of watching the excessively covered court case or the ridiculous informing broadcasts about shopping malls. There is no antidote that will completely cure the spreading stupidity because people are too driven to profit. All we can do is build awareness that will turn down that megaphone volume dial from “drown out all others” to “let others be heard.” This will allow the intelligence dial of the device to be noticed once again, and restore logic to society.
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