Global Warming and the Media
In this paper I will show that the issues of global warming have been misrepresented by some and cleverly utilized by others, (Y) by giving an overview of global warming as it is portrayed by the media, (Z) so that people will learn to search for scientific information regarding important issues for themselves. (P1) The media’s constant over-coverage of global warming is desensitizing the public to the very real problem of global warming. (P2) In the movies, An Inconvenient Truth and The Day After Tomorrow, global warming was portrayed in two very different ways.
Desensitization and Demoralization
As American citizens, we are bombarded everyday with information about the world. Because global warming is one of the recent hot topics, it too has been incessantly reported on in the news. By being told the same thing about global warming day after day, the media is creating indifference. In fact, this morning as I was getting ready for school I turned on the news channel for the weather, and within two minutes, their lead story reported that the government had cut out portions of a global warning document. The document, which examined the health risks of global warming, had been fourteen pages and was edited to a mere six. If we were told truthfully the findings of scientific climate researchers without deletions and omitted data from outside parties with an agenda, I think that we would be able to create awareness without developing a lack of interest.
God Save the Truth!
Hollywood tries sometimes to incorporate current issues into its films, but usually ends up diminishing the issue by pushing other public-friendly plots to the forefront. In The Day After Tomorrow several sub-plots are combined to make the movie a love story, a family breaking apart, and a badly represented White House controversy. The main basis of the movie, though, is supposed to be global warming, but the writers have added some absolutely incorrect “facts.” Some of the “facts” include the idea that mass global warming would occur in just a few days with almost no warning which is ridiculous (Kolbert 55). I do agree that once triggered, it will have a massive domino effect; it is still unfeasible that eight tornados would form over Los Angeles without anyone knowing beforehand. The Dick Cheney look-alike vice president shows complete disregard for the issue even after being given several warnings, sounds familiar, no? Although Hollywood makes some thoroughly laughable pieces, there are some people who are willing to try to make their movies as factual as possible. Daniel Percival tried to be as accurate as possible in his depiction of dirty bombs in the movie Dirty War (Scholmeyer 261). In The Day After Tomorrow, the director, Mr. Emmerich, is clearly trying to make a political statement, but not sticking strictly to the facts. In The Day After Tomorrow, there are some scenes that make me proud, and others that make me incredulous. In...