Americans Concern Over Ebola Analysis

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Technology has paved its way into everyday life and is continuing to display its heavy influence on society. To many Americans technology poses as an “easier” way of living. One can simply whip out their mobile device and Google any question that comes to their mind at any given time. This concept seems to be completely fine to many Americans and most seem to be comfortable relying on technology to give them information. Because of peoples’ willingness to do things to live an easier life, they fail to realize that their ability to learn is now at the hand of another person. This process is the spark of American naïveté. In a political cartoon titled “Americans’ Concern over Ebola”, illustrator Jack Ohman from the Sacramento Bee uses his understanding …show more content…

His eyebrows are raised, and his eyeballs all inflated with terror. His mouth is ajar, furthering the impression of his freight. Above his head on a bright yellow backboard, is a bubble with the word “EBOLA!!!” written in huge, bold letters. Ohman relies on the audience to understand that the color yellow exemplifies caution. Yellow can be used to signal individuals of upcoming dangers, such as yellow road signs “warn drivers of upcoming curves” (Incredible Art). As the man appears to be disturbed at the possibility of contracting a mysterious, “deadly” disease, he is holding a large burger that seems to be dripping onto his right hand. Alongside the burger are supersized fries and a drink labeled, “SUPER BIG” in vivid letters, with a bendy straw emerging from the top. The word “BIG” is presented in red font. According to the Incredible Art Department red symbolizes power, passion, and intensity. Ohman uses this ostentatious color to personify the overbearing, controlling nature fast food has on Americans. Ohman also elucidates young adults’ corrupt attachment to upsizing their already unhealthy meals. The bendy straw is meant to complement the idea that Americans’ reliance upon convenience is lazy by implying that it would be “too much” work to pick up the cup instead. This is also evident as Americans’ lazily rely on technology to learn new material rather than learning the information

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