Review Of Don Delillo 's ' Videotape ' Essay

1988 Words Oct 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Lisa Lubin, infamous writer and photographer, suggests, “video informs and entertains people and, good or bad, today most people prefer to watch a video rather than read a page of text”. Videos have positive and negative connotations. Family’s often use video’s positively to capture life’s greatest moments. Parent’s often film important events in their child’s lives, such as their first steps, their first Christmas, and their first goal in a sports event, just to name a few. On the contrary, other people often view video’s negatively. They often feel that video’s only capture negative events, such as rape or murder. Videotapes were first introduced between the 1980’s and the 1990’s. Don DeLillo’s short story “Videotape” was written in 1994, which is around the time when videotapes were first created. In “Videotape”, a homicide is filmed by an innocent, twelve year old girl, and it is played on the news repeatedly by a man who is fascinated by the video. In the video, the young girl sits in the car with her family. She turns her head around to look out the window and she harmlessly films the man driving a Dodge behind them. The man innocently waves to the girl as she tapes him. Moments later, the man is shot unexpectedly by the Texas Highway Killer, and the girl catches the homicide on film. This story is narrated by the man watching the news video repeatedly from his home, and he is addressing the general society. In the post-modern story, “Videotape”, a…

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