Explication the merchants of chaos

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Fiche de Révision – Anglais
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The Merchants of Chaos
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Type of document : Text
Source :Angels Flight
Date : 1999
Author : Michael CONNELLY
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I BOSCH’S POINT OF VIEW

* Rude expression (“fucking TV” l.22)
* According to him,TV is a shaper / manipulator of public opinion. It incites people to riot.
* TV is overreacting, as usual: He denounces this important fact.
* He implies that troubles are oftenmedia-manufactured.

* Bosch has got a stereotyped point of view: He blames TV for the evils of the Society.

II CARLA’S OPINION

* She thinks that people are not so easily influenced, manipulated(l.33). ≠ Bosch’s opinion.
* She tries to analyze the real reasons for the riot.
* She has got an unambiguous / explicit opinion (l.35).
* Bosch calls these events “riots”; Carla call theseevents “civil unrest”.
* She doesn’t admit the cliché / stereotype.
* Carla blames civil unrest on the society which ignores the minorities or even mistreats them.
* According to her,minorities feel powerless and overlooked; They are hopeless and angry; So they become violent.

III WHY ARE THE RADIO & TV REPORTES SO DIFFERENT ?

* The main reason is mentioned on l.5
*Radio reports are more conservative / cautious, and less dramatic, because they read from a studio.
* They are bound to be less spectacular and emotional than the live broadcast of TV news.
* [Arelier avec l’expression : “A picture is worth than a thousand words”]
* On TV, spectacular events favor high ratings : The more the media focus on the spectacular the more they are likely tosell

CONCLUSION

* Because of competition, TV channels want to outdo each other, resulting in exaggeration and distortion.
* Elia’s murder was the best straw; It triggered the riots. It...
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