Cloning In The Media

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Human cloning has been a controversial topic of discussion for nearly two decades. Society is reluctant to legalize cloning because of the immoral implications of cloning. According to the President’s Council on Bioethics, a highly credible team of scientists who work alongside the president explain that this reluctance stems from people’s religious and political views; however, one of the main causes of this reluctance is the media’s inaccurate representation of cloning (The President 's Council on Bioethics). The media, especially in today’s society, plays such a major role in shaping people’s opinions and beliefs. The media often portrays cloning as inhumane, while also failing to inform the public of the true scientific facts of cloning. …show more content…
In today’s culture, “it’s nearly impossible to name a film where cloning or any other biotech advancement is depicted as unambiguously good” (Cloning and the Media: Friend or Foe?). This biased from the media makes society believe that legalizing cloning will make them all inherently evil. In reality, no one can say with absolutely certainty how clones will fit into society; however, if the media keeps on portraying clones in an evil light, society will start to form opinions, despite a lack of concrete evidence. The idea of the media not informing the public about all forms of cloning research also plays a role in the evil stereotype associated with clones. “This is because “human reproductive cloning... is often, if not always, given a fantastical, grim and negative frame” (Cloning in the Media: Friend or Foe?). When talking about cloning, the media only mentions one form, reproductive. It is always associated with evil and the “bad side” of a story. Because the public is only given information on one form of cloning and they are led to believe that it is inherently evil, they will be less likely to support the legalization of cloning because of the large impact that the media has on society’s views. Lastly, the media’s thirst for entertainment leads to the metaphorical, evil representation of clones and how they fit into society. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), one of the nation’s leading research institute for biological information, the media’s inaccurate portrayal of clones comes from their “need to create importance and meaning comes television 's predilection to fall back on metaphors when dealing with the debate on human cloning” (Cloning in the Media and Popular Culture). Filmmakers and directors need to make their film interesting and appealing to the public and what better way

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