How Media Negatively Affects Their Reader Or Viewer 's Outlook

1253 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Robert M. Hensel, a Guinness World Record holder with a disability, once said, “There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more,” (Langtree). When thinking of people with disabilities, many individuals think of the things they cannot do rather than the achievements that they have made or the contribution that they have on humanity. Why is this the perspective that so many humans have? After reading Rosie Anaya’s “Mental Illness on television” and comparing it to Nancy Mairs’ “Disability,” despite these two essays conveying very similar ideas on the topic of how media negatively affects their reader or viewer’s outlook, each composition’s unique situation deserves closer examination. “Mental Illness on Television” and “Disability” are clearly very similar in their purpose and their disapproval toward the media depicting people with disabilities. The drive behind both Mairs’ and Anaya’s essays are due to their disapproval of the medias misleading characterization. This is shown in “Disability” when Mairs reveals that the media has it all wrong and that people with disabilities are, for the most part, just like everyone else. For instance, she states that she too eats pizza, talks on the telephone, and drives a car (Mairs 14). ya also disapproves of the media when she exploits that the news and other media platforms use people with mental illnesses as a ploy to catch the viewer’s attention; the news ultimately characterizes all mental…

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