My topic is the influence of the media on society.
My first essay was my definition essay. In this paper I showed that there was a problem with the media having too much power over how we as a people view incidents that occur and the information we are given about them. My next essay was the proposal essay, which was by far my favorite essay. In this essay I discussed that the government needs to regulate the media industry by creating laws that keep them from invading the personal lives of celebrities as well as withholding information about an event that they have reported on. They also need to have all of the correct information before they report on the issue. My third and final essay was a narrative essay about the riots that occurred in NY after the verdict on the Ferguson trial. I wrote about how my cousin, who is an NYC police officer, was beaten by rioters and hospitalized as a result. I also wrote about how my future career will have me in the limelight of the media and how it is unfair that they take away the privacy of celebrities just so they can make money.
My Research Methods:
A lot of my research was finding news articles on certain events and looking through celebrity tweets and seeing how many followers they had. There wasn’t much historical information that i needed to find in order to write my papers so i didn’t spend much time looking for that type of info. I used sites like CNN, or NBC News to find my articles. I also used magazine articles that depicted celebrity scandals which lead to a downfall in their respective careers. I used magazines such as People and OK! as well as TMZ.
Some of my sources were:
https://twitter.com/blklivesmatter – for the aftermath of the Ferguson trial
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/03/04/alicia-garza-black-lives-matter/24341593/ – Also for the Ferguson trial
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/08/26/stars-committed-rebuilding-new-orleans/ – For the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
My perspective on my topic has not changed. I still feel that the media has too much control over the people. I did learn that the media has a lot more influence than i originally though, which makes it even more awful to see that one industry can have so much control. It is morally wrong to allow media outlets to continue doing what they do. In the future I hope to see that the media gets some sort of backlash and as a result becomes regulated.