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Places and forms of power


The media are called the fourth power and the internet the 5th power. The rise of the free

press distributed in the street or in the metro has increased dramatically. From paper to

screen, more and more people today are getting their news from the web especially young

people. In the USA many papers have closed down.

The question is: the media today: vice or virtue?

Firstly, I’m going to talk about the vice of the media today, the negatives aspect and

secondly, I’m going to work the positives aspect of them.

Thanks to the document “image hunters” we understand that the journalists create the

event, it tells it. But they do not do anything

They make use of it just to make audience.

We studied a visual in class where we see much cameras and microphones and, in small, a

boy. This situation is paradoxical in the sense that normally the person interviewed should

be in the foreground and the journalist in the background.

It could mean that the media can be as dangerous as weapons; they are like a loaded

weapon in the sense that they can destroy someone’s life or turn it into a nightmare. They

can also want to distort the truth to make audiences or sell more tabloids. The cartoonist

clearly denounces the drifts of the media.

The cartoonist, Nicolas Vial may want to attract our attention on how pieces of information

can be distorted or invented for business purposes. We have to look at the press or watch TV

with careful eyes.

I studied the negative aspects of the media here, but they have positive aspects all the same.

I read a document on the Haiti relief effort, a new media's maturation moment. Here I have

seen that media can be a virtue. Thanks to them, thanks to the tweet


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