Criticism Of The Media In Gone Girl And The Braindead Megaphone

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When you turn on the television to get the latest news broadcast, do you ever wonder exactly how bias the information you’re receiving is? Whether it’s about politics, an investigation, or a criminal trial, a person must critically analyze the information that’s being presented in front of them before they should make any form of judgment based off what is said. Criticism of the media is an important aspect of Gone Girl and “The Braindead Megaphone.” In both literary works, media is represented or described as subjective, storytelling, and dangerous in some situations, which is prevalent in the real worlds postmodern broadcasting. Subjectivism seems to be an issue with today’s information that is being presented to the ill-informed…show more content…
Another characteristic of media that is portrayed in Gone Girl and described in “The Braindead Megaphone” is Storytelling. George Saunders defines storytelling as the idea that we shape or build our knowledge of a subject based off a simulacrum or representation of it that is provided by the mass media (9). In “The Braindead Megaphone,” the individual with the megaphone (anybody communicating to the outside world) becomes a storyteller/simulacra-builder for the happening (9). In Gone Girl, the simulacrum is how Nick, the subject, is represented in the story/news. Knowledge is what’s understood or perceived as the truth about Nick (Flynn). Ellen Abbott is the media or ‘Megaphone Guy” that sponsored the creation of the initial simulacra while Nick, Rebecca, and Sharon Schieber helped direct it away from Ellen’s portrayal through videos and a show on a top-rated network (Flynn 311). The media presence of the simulacra seemed to start with Ellen’s initial broadcast of the event which immediately put Nick on blast (Flynn 161). The story then continues with the statement by Noelle Hawthorne that Amy was pregnant, followed by Nick taking “control of the story” through an interview with Rebecca at a bar (Flynn 193, 299-303). Through the major shifts in the case and media coverage, the story and simulacra, representation of Nick, change. In “The Braindead Megaphone” it’s stated that what governs the effect

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