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Media's exaggeration on ebola.
Transcript of Media's exaggeration on ebola.
By Dorian Kyles.
While its true that media outlets such as the news are essiencial to knowing about the world around us, but even they have examples of manipulating the facts for their own agendas.. Such as:
There are MANY occasions where the media has exaggerated, manipulated, or blatantly lied for ratings or to spread their agenda, such as the infamous shark week
Another example is the controversial book "the king of siam" Where the author was said to exaggerate her role in the book and misrepresentated the king as a brutal man.
This being said, I believe the media has exaggerated the ebola outbreak in the united states. Mainly the symtoms of said virus.
The news went crazy about the increasing shark accounts, covering it several times before discovery channel created "shark week" However, there were not that many attacks at the time.
The first and primary example being a well known book called "The hot zone" A nonfiction thriller describing the origins of EbolaVirus and MarburgVirus.
However, it got numerous things wrong with its research on ebola, as explained in the next slide.
Sources thanks to:
"Visualized: Worldwide Shark Attacks Since 2000." Popular Science. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2015. <http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-08/worldwide-shark-attacks-2000>.
"How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History." NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2015. <http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2014/11/11/362379449/how-the-hot-zone-got-it-wrong-and-other-tales-of-ebolas-history>.
"Ebola Victims 'rise from the Dead' in African Village." Mirror. N.p., 25 Sept. 2014. Web. 13 Nov. 2015. <http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/ebola-victims-african-village-rise-4320414>.
Ebola does NOT cause the eternal organs
to liquify, they do not cry bloody tears either. There are actually very few cases of hemorraging in people with Ebola, in fact it's no longer even considered a hemmorhagic fever because of this. The book exploited the fears of people into thinking the disease was much more dangerous than it actually was.
Another famous example is the new article of two ebola victims had supposedly "risen from the dead." This is literally PHYSICALLY impossible. A dead body can not function because all organs have ceased to work, INCLUDING the brain. (which is responsible for motor skills) The media is manipulating the public to believe that the all famous "Zombie apocalypse" has finally come.
In conclusion, the media has a horrible tendency to manipulate the facts and information in order to gain specific reponses for specific reasons. Be it for ratings, agendas, or for other causes, the media can manipulate us in any form for any reason. However, it is up to the YOU to use your common sense and distuinguish when and when not to listen to these sources, and not to expect everything you are told to be the truth.