Privacy Breached By Media

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Do the media have the right to ''invaded the sacred precincts of private and domestic life'' (Warren/Brandeis)? James Alexander Thom is of origin from Gosport, Indiana, who is a freelance writer and an author to several historical novels. In his essay, ''The Perfect Picture'' he is retelling a personal experience about how media has made ‘‘human sufferings ... a spectator sport’’ (Reinkin/Osten, 485). He narrates a tragic scene where he as a young reporter witnesses a sorrowful event in which a grandfather accidentally runs over his baby granddaughter with his pick up truck. The narrator as the writer has the golden opportunity to snap a ‘’perfect picture’’ of the situation, but is confronted with a dilemma within himself. He is... View More »

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The account of the key events in a story ‘’that are directly related to the purpose’’ (Reinkin/Osten, 85) are the building blocks of a narrative. In a productive narrative the events are carefully selected to explain, support and embellish the story. The key events in Thom’s essay are deep, insightful and full of sensory details. One of the key events in his essay is described like this: ‘’On a Formica-topped table, backlighted by a frilly curtained window, lay the tiny body, wrapped in a clean white cloth. Somehow the grandfather had managed to stay away from the crowd. He was sitting on a chair beside the table, in profile to me and unaware of my presence, looking uncomprehendingly at the swaddled corpse’’ (Reinkin/Osten, 485). This short yet effective short paragraph of his essay is rich with information and describes various aspects of the event. It is effective because he manages to skillfully show the reader the location of the event, the state of the deceased is, the position of the grandfather in respect to the corpse and the emotion he feels at that moment. Through this vivid description, Thom makes the reader feel the grandfather’s pain and feel the remorse and sorrow that he felt. There are many short paragraphs in Thom’s essay like the one illustrated above. In addition to this, the scene and emphasis changes in each paragraph. This technique creates drama and allows the narrator to jump from one situation to another without having to connect them together, but maintaining a structured flow of thoughts.
Another aspect that makes Thom’s essay successful is ...

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