Re: ''Quid est veritas?''

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Posted by Emily on March 07, 2005 at 01:21:06:

In Reply to: ''Quid est veritas?'' posted by HSG on March 05, 2005 at 02:49:18:

It's a very difficult question to answer: Is any depiction, no matter how awful, better than none at all, better than invisibility? Or does a bad depiction -- a caricature as you put it -- make things even worse?

I think the latter is true. Definitely. At least if a typical person is on the fence about something, and isn't completely brainwashed, let's say against classical beauty, they might come to accept it, and even in time celebrate it.

But if they see it presented in a demeaning way, they will have a knee-jerk response planted in their minds, and this will make it that much harder for them to ever see past the dominant attitude in society.

As for how notions become dominant through propaganda campaigns and not through facts, anybody who uses news search engines knows how this can happen. All it takes is for one story to come out of a news service like AP or Reuters, and it could be picked up by newspapers nationwide. All of a sudden the story is "everywhere", in all the newspapers, as if it were an idea that was sweeping the nation -- but it all could have come out of the mind of one single (usually uncredited) reporter with a bias, in this case, against full-figured women.

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