Essay 1: Diagnostic
Truthful Lies: America’s Imbalance
In the real world, statements are made, without regard for consequences. Is it possible to “unsay” something? To take it back? Rudyard Kipling said it best, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” As a child, I played a game called gossip. It was usually at a slumber party and required all the participants to sit in a circle. The first person would whisper a secret to the person beside them. That person then whispered the secret to the person beside them, but told it in their own words. The last person in the circle was to announce the secret, as they heard it. I was always ...view middle of the document...
Ninety percent of the stories are not even true, but once out the words can’t be taken back. They can ruin lives, or they can create one. Just like a drug can make a person feel invincible, so can a well written article. They start to believe the stories themselves and become a different person. In many cases, the writer gains fame as well. The one holding the pen gets an undeniable rush, but like a fix, the next story must be bigger and have more impact.
Although the stories about famous individuals are predominant, it is not to the exclusion of the stories about nobodies. Many times these stories get bigger and gain more attention, because of the “It could happen to you” scenario. The presence of these “tales of woe” is why they developed the website “snopes”. I have yet to gain a full understanding, but it seems like the more violent, sad and indescribably devastating the story, the more people want to read about it. Just like a junkie needs their drugs, we can’t seem to get enough of the drama. I can only equate it to driving past a horrific accident – you don’t want to look, but you can’t seem to look away. Unscrupulous people use this raw emotion to gain their readers trust, sympathy and in the end,...