Media Ruins Our Heroes–>More GRE Issue Practice (Part III?)

5 May

NOON

“In this age of intensive media coverage, it is no longer possible for a society to regard any woman or man as a hero. The reputation of anyone who is subjected to media scrutiny will eventually be diminished.”

+It is difficult to maintain hero status when media influence is so good at uncovering negative actions.

-A hero is anyone with superior virtue that can sustain media’s attacks on their morals.

+It is the media’s job to find out every detail of popular people, and as humans, we are all flawed, so there in always something unseemly to be found.

+In this age, it is easier to get disappointed in those we cast in the role of hero, because they are undeserving of this status in the first place.  More often than not, the people we choose as heroes are often celebrities, royalty born into their reign, or otherwise normal people under a lot of outside pressure.

+Even if the media is unable to report any negative press, that is what sells best, so they will make things up.  Even if negative facts are untrue, it still casts doubt over a person’s character.

+Past heroes may have kept that title because we did not know in that time period the dirty deeds they perpetraited–look at all of our founding fathers, for example.

-Sometimes even with news of bad behavior, we still regard the person as a hero.  Look at Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears, President Clinton, or John F. Kennedy.

-This statement does not seem to hold up for groups.  Maybe because the people within the group lose their individual identity so it is difficult to call out immorality.  The military is constantly seen as heroic.

Brainstorm: til 12:14 (14 min)

Instead of writing the essay under the brainstorm, edit the actual points so I don’t lose any good language or ideas.

Try to cut and paste the brainstorm parts into the organization I eventually want, so I don’t have to worry about flow when I’m frenetic and crunched for time.

“In this age of intensive media coverage, it is no longer possible for a society to regard any woman or man as a hero. The reputation of anyone who is subjected to media scrutiny will eventually be diminished.”

What is a hero, and who gets to define this person for society?  Many people believe that a hero has such impressive probity that even under media scrutiny, their virtuous character will hold up.  It is the media’s job to find out every detail of popular people, and as humans, we are all flawed, so there in always something unseemly to be found.  I disagree that anyone has such a seraphic record that no bad deeds could be uncovered in their past.

I stated both sides of the argument and made my side clear, but it is a WEAK intro paragraph!

Introduce some specific points after stating each side ie Mother Theresa after 1st sentence, and our forefathers after the second sentence.

The heroes of the past also did morally corrupt things, but the media was not as pervasive an influence back then, so people did not realize it at the time.  For instance, our founding fathers owned slaves, some of them stole, most of them lied, and many of them had extramarital affairs.  These days any one of those behaviors would earn them notoreity, but they remain heroes because those behaviors were secret.  I think, the fact the media looks very hard to find a flaw in our heroes these days, is enough to counter anyone’s good behaviors.

An ok supporting paragraph, but try to be more specific.  A name and the bad thing he did would help.  Make something up?

People we cast in the positions of ‘hero’ present day are undeserving of the title.  They are celebrities, politicians, and royalty just trying to do their jobs while contending with intense sociatal pressures.  To illustrate:  Britney Spears was thrust into the role of role model for young girls, and mascot of our great country, just by pursuing her singing career.  The pressure she faced as an icon were largely what brought her to the depths of mental instability.  Another example of a person considered a hero, not for their ideal actions, but for being recognized, is President Bill Clinton.  Sure, he helped the country in many ways, but not for selfless reasons.  He was merely doing the job he was paid to complete.  The fact his personal life was unseemly should not have factored in to his political actions, but it just proves he was not just a politician, but made to be a hero.  These people did not do anything particularly heroic other then being recognizable to the public.  Therefore, it is not difficult for the media to ferret out questionable aspects about their pasts.

Give an exp of Britney’s bad behavior.  Watch the awkward sentences and long, drawn out thoughts.

As a continuation of this line of thought, I think it is particularly difficult to remain a hero this day in age, because if the media does not find anything bad in a person’s past, they will make something up.  Bad news sells much better than good news, so it is in the media’s best interest to either find or construe something negative about people in the public eye.  An example is Michael Jackson, who was never able to completely clear his name once he was accused of child molestation.  There was never any clear, substanciated evidence to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Jackson was ever less than prudent regarding little boys.  True, or not, people thought it was a possibility so they thought less of him.  This goes to show even if the story is untrue, the negative press still casts a doubt in the public’s mind and the hero is diminished.

Give exp of National Enquirer selling well to strengthen assertion that media sells bad news better.

Heroes are characteristically fleeting in present times, because the media has the means and the motivation to find unscrupolous activities in every icon’s past–or make something up.  Past heroes also participated in negative activites, but it was hidden to the public to they kept their positions.  The people we admire as heroes are also undeserving of that title.  When a person’s motivation is not to act virtuously, it is all the more difficult to look up to them for the long term.

Conclusion is choppy and not well fleshed out.  Try to write it first–or at least before fleshing out supporting paragraphs so I’m not down to the wire on time.

12:45

 

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