Unit 3:Assignment 3- The Power of the Media

By Lilly Sandoval

There are some similarities within the two readings, the one which sticks out the most to me is in regards of media footage. In Gourevitch’s reading there was mention of how the French were being pressured by the media and as a result the military establishment tried to save face. Therefore in front of cameras the French tried to save Tutsi survivors. Yet there intentions weren’t to actually save the survivors. That was the case for photographers mentioned within Sontag’s reading. There were set up photography sessions where a captive would be persecuted in front of cameras so that the rest of the world would know what was happening. In both readings no one is concerned about the issues going on, they are more so trying to see what it is out of interest or curiosity, because the sad truth is that many won’t care enough to act on it unless it is affecting them directly.

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