Analysis Of ' Into The Wild ' By Mark Crispin Miller Essay

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Perception is a critical idea for many works including, “How to Be Stupid: The Teachings of Channel One” by Mark Crispin Miller and “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Both works idealize either a product or an experience that outsiders are captivated by. In Miller’s “How to Be Stupid,” he exposes Channel One for all the manipulative tactics used to sell a product to its viewers. While Krakauer’s “Into the Wild” is a retelling of the story of a man named Chris McCandless that goes on a voyage to existentially discover himself and his meaning for living. McCandless had a difficult childhood, and had an outlook on life that many would not even fathom. However, this journey is often lampooned by idolized figures that have gone through similar experiences in the wild. Both Miller and Krakauer use psychoanalysis to convey how one 's perception is often influenced by external societal pressures.
Advertisements change our perception of our experiences by steering us towards their ideals and message. To convey this, Miller exposes how rarely there is ever anything important on the news, it is either negative or irrelevant news; and that is used as an accomplice to advertisements (Miller 143). Therefore, we watch the advertisements so intently due to the drastic difference in presentation (Miller 142). “They strive by contrast not just with the news before and after them, but with the whole boring, regimented context of the school itself” (Miller 143). Miller psychoanalyzes this…

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