The Power Of Power In Politics In Wag The Dog By Barry Levinson

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Powerful acts of political representation can position audiences to perceive the accompanying outcomes and values as either positive or negative. Media and governments are able to manipulate the social construct to control and impose political motives on society, bringing out the best and the worst of human nature. Barry Levinson’s thought-provoking, satirical black comedy, Wag the Dog (1997) demonstrates the power that media has in our society and its effects, through an exaggerated perspective, which emphasises the way media manipulates the public 's beliefs, thoughts and the way they interact. Levinson uses satire to reveal the worst of human nature, yet aiming, as satire does, to appeal to the best in human nature. He also satirises the naivety of society and how people 's unquestioning absorption of propaganda only encourages the media to exploit them on a broader level. This idea is also illustrated through Leunig’s Sir Good Strong Cardigan where the increasing fear of Islamic terrorism is expressed through a cartoon showing the power that lies in the creation of false stories and information that manipulate the public for political ends. Through both of these texts, we see that people in a position of power have the ability to alter the public 's perspectives in order to portray a particular message. The representations of people in politics can be depicted by those in control and have the ability to manipulate the information received by the public, however, this

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