What We’ve Learned from the Chile Mine Rescue


Has anyone ever really wondered what makes some survivors of a tragic event get more attention than others? What it is that decides who gets the bigger amount of money?

There are many leading factors that are the solutions to these questions, but there is an almost solid set of distinct factors that are present in most of these stories. It seems that the media sticks to a similar pattern when looking for T.V. figures.

 A few of the main factors are:

·         Background of the person

·         Altruistic behavior upon exiting the tragic event

·         Personal expression

·         Physical appearance

·         A victim’s role in the event. (a leader, or an outcast)

It’s unfortunate that these factors are looked for because they can cause serious conflict to occur. For example, multiple victims who experienced the same life-threatening event might have the same story to tell, but because their visual appearance, background, or their less active role in the situation is slightly less dominant than a leader or an outcast, the victim will get paid less. This type of behavior can often lead to rivalries. These rivalries are not just about the amount of money being paid, but they are also about the feeling that one is less appealing than whomever the media deems a superior figure.

We must beware of the fact that the media has the ability to set flame to relationships just by using simple comparisons. The media likes to repeatedly keep feeding us ideas on what is appealing enough to be on T.V., but the only result that can come out of this type of discrimination is the feeling of inferiority. However, changing the media’s ways is nearly impossible because this idea of the ideal T.V. person is so prominent, that the majority of our society has accepted it.

Perhaps if we isolated ourselves from the media, a noticeable difference in our prospective about what is ideal for T.V. would change. This change would press for a commute in what we see fit as T.V. figures, and less discrimination would occur. However, until the majority of our society changes their prospective on the ideal T.V. figure, we will continue to see the same old pattern of discrimination that the media has always shown.


Trevor Smith



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