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The Truman Show: The Media's Essay

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People are all subject to being influenced by their environment and others. For Truman Burbank, the main character of The Truman Show, his environment has heavily influenced him his entire life. Truman, an allegorical character who represents the people of the world, resides in a studio built like a city with hidden cameras and all the residents of the city are actors. Truman, however, has no knowledge of the show, which was created and is directed by Christof. Christof influences Truman’s life and decisions for the sake of the show. By Christof influencing Truman, The Truman Show satirically suggests how the media heavily influences our lives even though we may be unaware.
Throughout the movie, it is Truman Burbank’s goal to leave the island, Sea Haven, and travel to Fiji. However, Truman experiences several obstacles that interfere with his dream to traveling which are all in control of Christof. As a child, Truman’s father drowned in a boating accident ...view middle of the document...

In the real world, we are presented with current issues and we have our opinions about these issues, but if the media were not a factor, our opinions about these issues may be different. By presenting Truman with all these obstacles, The Truman Show satirically displays how we think we are making our own decisions and opinions when in reality the media influence our decisions and opinions.
During the movie, the audience is presented with multiple camera angles of The Truman Show itself as if the people watching the movie are actually watching the show. The team operating the show under the orders of Christof determine which camera angle will be displayed on the television of the viewers. Christof decides which view the audience will see of Truman while also deciding what will be presented to Truman himself. Christof knows he has a powerful influence on Truman by only presenting Truman with what he wants Truman to see just as the media does in the real world when only selecting what is important enough for the viewer to see. With the media influencing people’s lives, the media sets the agenda, or the degree to which the media can influence our personal opinions. The media determines what is important enough to display to the viewers therefore setting the agenda. By determining what meets the criteria to be displayed, the media influences the viewer’s personal opinions about issues. With Cristof deciding which camera angle to display, The Truman Show though the use of satire exhibits how the media can determine what is displayed to the viewers, which can influence their opinions.
For Truman Burbank, Christof and his team of employees working for the show influenced his entire life. Truman, who believes he is in control of making his own decisions, is unaware of this outside powerful influence. Christof, being a satirical allegorical character, has an influential power that represents how the media also has a heavy influence on the opinions and decisions of the viewers. Through the use of satire with and Christof having this influential power over Truman, The Truman Show portrays how the media has a compelling influence on the opinions and decisions of the viewers, although they may be unaware.

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