Evaluate an Argument
Nora Ephron was born to a Jewishfamily in New York City on 19th May 1941. Her parents then moved toBeverly Hills, where she grew up. She was a journalist, novelist,screenwriter, playwright, blogger, director, and a producer. She wonseveral awards and was nominated for several others in severalthrough writing screenplays and directing films that includeSleepless in Seattle (1993) ("Nora Ephron" n.p). She was areporter for the New York Post, a senior editor and a columnist toEsquire. She also wrote essays on various topics. This paper urgesagainst Ephron’s claim that more photographs of the death and thedying be published in newspapers paper, due to lack of concretereasons to support her claims.
In her arguments, she states thatdeath is one of the Live’s main event and therefore, there shouldbe no issue in expressing in the form of photography. Here, she isright on the fact that death is one of the major live eventshowever, there is no point of showing the death process to thepeople. It is especially painful to people close to the victims,seeing how helpless one was at the time of death. A majority ofpeople may start blaming the social structures for failing to rescueindividuals, as in the example of the lady captured in the BostonPhotographs. Also, some photographs that may be captured in war ormurder case may display highly graphic contents that may not besuitable for many viewers. We must remember that we are humans, andwe have emotions. Graphic contents can affect someonepsychologically. Also, the other important details of the victims mayfail to be captured in the obituaries due to a high concentration ofthe death processes which form important memories of the dead.
Ephron also emphasized thatphotographs of the dead and the dying helps to tell a story. She seesthe pictures as breathtaking and great as they capture something thathappened. Her argument is valid, but the question is, how well canthe people take in that story? A majority of people may be disturbedby it, or may fail to see the relevance, or rather miss the wholepoint. When such pictures are published, the central cause of suchdeaths may be missed. Apparently, most viewers of the BostonPhotographs may have failed to concentrate on the cause of death, butrather focus on the way the victim died. That way, the main reasonfor writing news is missed, because the main information may bemissed.
She also urges out that it addscredibility to the news presented. Seib urges hat the way the editorand the reader view the death photos is completely different. Thejournalist may not see such photos as a big deal, and theyconcentrate on developing a story about them. The reader, on theother hand, may concentrate more on the photo, and they somehow missthe entire point. That way it is as if the journalist directs thereader to think at a very narrow perspective. It should be clear thatthe people reading the news are parents, may not have the samethinking as the journalist who may have experience in such situation,and with high emotional tolerance.
Ephron’s does not have adequatejustification for her claim that photographs of the death and thedying should be published in the newspapers. He arguments are basedon purely her personal thinking, and her experiences as a journalist.Better ways of making people aware of the death such as developingthe story, give statistics in case of a disaster and also give arough idea, for instance, a collapsed building or rough waves.
"NoraEphron". Biography. N.p., 2015. Web. 1 Apr. 2017.
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