Unit 3 Assignment 3-Natalie Zhu (27th Oct)

Both of these two passages talk about how medias, films, and images create bias towards a truth. People have different perspectives, so do the photographers and people behind the medias. Thus, there’s almost no absolutely fair and objective media in the world. Medias and images choose to present an event or a problem based on their understanding and perspectives. Sontag talked about censorship in her book, that most media are censored by the government. We can actually see that most media in real life has a clear political stand, and those who do not follow a government’s value will be easily called offline. To prove that, Gourevitch had the dog example—people believe that the reason why there’s no dogs in Rwanda is that dogs eat dead bodies, but the negative feeling towards that is basically due to mass media which tells people that dogs eating dead bodies is a big hygiene and safety problem. Sontag also said that “the camera brings the viewer close, too close,” which implied that people can easily be controlled by the photographers. They perceive what the photographers want them to perceive in photos, and thus being so influenced by the bias. 

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