As an early Communications major (early 80’s, before the net), I was made aware how a simple photo has a Point of View (POV). If you shoot a photo or video straight on, you will see the subject as an equal. If you shoot from below, you are looking up to the subject (i.e. showing admiration, respect, etc.) If you shoot the photo or video from above, you are looking down on the subject (i.e. saying they are less than you). This is what the viewer will see.
So, yes, it has gotten worse with the internet & esp. with Fake News. But don’t fool yourself into thinking we weren’t lied to in the past. Think about the fact that JF Kennedy was having affairs with several women (including Marilyn Monroe): How might that have changed the way we looked at him as a president & as a person?
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
Or you can see it on YouTube:
I decided to write this article on a special request from my wife. As I was editing an article, she was lying on the bed near me reading about a famous wife’s personality in the world. She was actually very shocked that media depicted this lady as a devil without mentioning her wonderful accomplishments.
“Darling, can you write an article on the power of social media to explain to people how media make them hear only what they want you to know”. I was first reluctant because I wanted her to write the article herself but later I decided to work on it.
If I ask you the question: “How did you know about the last American elections?”, whether you were in the US or not, you will probably answer “through a media”. After Trump was elected president, a professional of communication in Kampala told me that she was aware…
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