What has resonated with me throughout our lectures is the voice that literature gives to the voiceless. Professor Ewen spoke about the problems that arise the rise of print, but also how literacy equals knowledge, which equals freedom. He talked about how literacy and media created a voice for those who were considered the “subculture” or discriminated against, such as the Black Press. I find it necessary to keep alternative news sources in media so that these voices do not go unheard. We are a society that is influenced by media everyday of our lives. It shapes us, whether we are aware of it or not, and as Bradbury suggested in Fahrenheit 451, it can obliterate freedom and contribute to an epidemic of social amnesia. This is why I feel it is so important to understand the power that the media has and use it to our advantage to better society.
Giving a Voice- Alyssa Bacchioni