Analysis Of Aaron Sorkin 's ' The Newsroom ' Essay

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SOC 248T: Post-Soviet Paradoxes Ryan Kelley Professor Shevchenko November 11, 2016 Limits on Freedom In the opening scene of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, a college student asks a panel of political pundits why America is the best country in the world. After generic answers of “diversity” and “freedom” from the other panelists, fictitious news anchor Will McAvoy responds: Just in case you wander into a voting booth someday there are some things you should know. There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we are the greatest country in the world. We lead the world in only three categories: The number of incarcerated citizens per capita, the number of adults who believe angles are real, and defense spending where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined. So when you ask what makes America the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. (Sorkin) Standing on the promise of political and economic freedom, America has long considered itself the pinnacle of state governance, despite little empirical evidence as dramatized by Sorkin. Flawed from the beginning with a definition of freedom that included slavery, America has slowly evolved with the demands of the electorate to better realize its founding promises. However, the election of Donald Trump threatens to derail the current manifestation of American freedom. Having campaigned against minority groups to appeal to a resentful and frustrated

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