Analysis Of ' King's Ghost A Story Of Greed, Terror, And Heroism

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Manipulation seems to be a common characteristic in swaying peoples perception. Journalism has been an instrument used to act on this manipulation since text has been attainable by the masses. Due to the impressive amount of average folk becoming literate in the early nineteenth century, international journalism was an integral part of the Age of Imperialism. Around this time, industrialized countries were on a quest to colonize and influence any state that was seen as worthy. The role of journalism exposed these worthy, unindustrialized countries and manipulated readers into believing they needed to be altered. This deceptive journalism is evident in Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, and influenced many nineteenth and twentieth century perceptions pertaining to humanitarianism and imperialism. Hochschild’s uses the story of King Leopold II and his colonization of Africa to depict the notion of imperialists genuine intention’s rather than their publicly perceived one’s. Using propaganda, Leopold exploits the many faces of journalism and ultimately perceives his backwards Congo into a colonial, humane, necessity for the world. Even though international journalism eventually led to the down fall of Leopold’s hypocritical jurisdiction, the principal role of journalists relating to the Congo was to report what was beneficial to the writer. This is evident in Leopold’s portrayal of the Congo to the public, and

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