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Melodrama In Media

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Philip Maghen

on 5 October 2014

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Transcript of Melodrama In Media

- Two current events related to Anker's view.
- Two current events related to William's view.
- Two issues that I think are justifiable through melodrama.

Melodrama In Media
- Melodrama categorizes everything into good or bad.
- Melodramatic literature manipulates its audience’s emotions, defining social boundaries distinguishing right from wrong.
- America as a unified entity.

Anker’s view on melodrama
- Looks at Melodrama as a phenomenon that cannot be avoided and can cause injustice.
- “The point of trials is not to find the truth, but to instead find the story that is in fact more believable.”
- Compares the significance of gender vs. race.
- Role of social media as a determining factor in judicial decisions.
- Melodrama causing injustice?

Williams’s view on melodrama
Issues That I Think Are Justifiable through Melodrama
The End
Some Quotes from anker
- "Essentially, the melodramatic character of the virtuous victim/hero signifies America."

- "For at the heart of melodrama is the principle that by virtue of suffering, one becomes good."

- "Through the melodramatic narrative, "the American People" become a united entity whose shared values and social solidarity create a homogenous body."

Child Cruelty
- Dad in hot-car death case accused of murder.
- “Melodrama is a mode of popular culture narrative that employs emotionality to provide an unambiguous distinction between good and evil through clear designations of victimization, heroism, and villainy.”
- Clear boundary between right and wrong.
- America as a homogenized body was
against him.

- Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
-  Known for killing dozens of people at a time and carrying out public executions, crucifixions and other acts.
- Aiming to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria.
- “The villain is a shifting category populated most often by a foreign invader or a domestic subversive seemingly intent on destroying either American ideals or American territory.”

Casey Anthony
- Murdered her daughter by administering chloroform and applying duct tape; hid the body in the woods.
- Found not guilty of first degree murderer but guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
- Role of the media.
- “Where melodrama believes that a more deeply spiritual truth and innocence will win out, often through the expression of inadequate signs, the Anglo-American jury trial simply believes it has an adequate system of choosing the least doubtable of stories.”
- Are kids innocent by nature?
- Caylee was the virtuous victim and
her grandma was the hero.

Zimmerman Shooting
A 28 year-old Hispanic man who killed  Trayvon Martin, an African American student. 
Jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and of manslaughter charges.
“A trial cannot express the totality of truth beneath the surface of reality; it cannot offer a pure recognition of virtue. A trial is a place for law, reason, and fact.
“Tom-story” decided upon through an “anti-Tom” lens.

- Villain: Ebola Patients
- Victim: Emory Students
- Hero: Emory Hospital Doctors

Air Pollution
- Villain: Large Factories
- Victim: the Public
- Hero: Anyone who comes up with a technology to lessen air pollution caused by the factories.

By: Philip Maghen
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