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How can I write a creative piece about media manipulations?

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Media manipulation is the technique or combination of methods used to influence someone to do something they might not otherwise do. Consumers of everything from retail products to documentaries to print materials are bombarded daily with media manipulations. We live in an age where "caveat emptor," or "buyer beware," is...

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Media manipulation is the technique or combination of methods used to influence someone to do something they might not otherwise do. Consumers of everything from retail products to documentaries to print materials are bombarded daily with media manipulations. We live in an age where "caveat emptor," or "buyer beware," is good advice! That is why it is incredibly important to seek multiple credible sources when making a decision.

When writing a creative piece about media manipulation, I would suggest you write in the format of the method you are trying to demonstrate. There are several forms of media manipulation, and, as stated earlier, often the forms are combined to make them more useful. For example, one way is to use photo manipulation in combination with print or audio. In this form, the designer chooses a visual representation that shows the point of view they are trying to influence the public to believe and then writes or records copy to underscore the point made by the visual. If writing a creative piece using this method, choose a visual, then print or record the text as if it is factual. Political advertisements are masters of this method. They show their opponent in the worst possible visual and then twist the facts in the audio to underscore the negative point.

Another way you might proceed is to choose one of the methods and write about the technique. An example of this is propaganda. There are several excellent examples of the use of propaganda in history from World War I or II posters to manifestos or pamphlets in the American Revolution. Choose one form of propaganda and explain why it is effective or not as effective as propaganda.

The critical point is to narrow your focus to one form of media manipulation. Explain the form, provide examples, and then analyze if the media manipulation works. The links provided with the answer will help you narrow your focus.

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