Happy Monday everyone. I want to share with you an article done by The New York times about the economic crisis in Spain. Click HERE or use the link below.
Last semester, I took a class where one of the research topics was about the the role journalists play in the media. A journalist's job is to get people to buy their newspapers, read their articles, watch their TV program, etc. Sometimes, they play around with statistics, only use a portion of a quote, or exaggerate information. This article is a great example of The New York Times exaggerating. Yes, Spain is going through an economic crisis, but as my Economy and Business in Spain and Latin America professor states: "Yes, everyone in Spain is missing teeth and wears a sombrero."
Let me make a few comments about some of the pictures in the slide show...
Picture #2 - This guy is not looking for food as a "survival tactic." Do you see food in the pile of stuff on the ground? No. He is probably looking for things to clean up and sell.
Picture #3 - Okay, so the road's blocked. But more importantly, the picture is in black and white. The sky looks cloudy and miserable, when really, I'm sure it was a blue skies, partly cloudy, day!
Picture #9 - A really skinny teenager. Aren't most teenagers awkward and skinny?
Picture #10 - How many people do we see walking around Chicago, St. Louis, the suburbs, etc, with signs asking for money or food? This is inevitable, and happens all around us. Props to the photographer for this stunning close up.
Picture #15 - Why is there a bull in this picture? Ha!
I won't deny that Spain's economy has really hit a rough patch. However, these pictures don't represent the things that I see every day here in Spain. I could take some of these same pictures around Chicago (in black and white of course), add a promising caption, and voila!
Oh the other hand, here is positive video on Spain done by an American company. Click HERE or use the link below
I hope you all enjoyed this lesson about twisted journalism :)