Visual Interpretation & Ethics

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EMDA 201
Professor Erik Palmer
26 November 2012
Writing Assignment 5 - Visual Interpretation & Ethics For this writing assignment, I chose to read and analyze the article “Why It’s Annie Leibovitz’s Fault.” This article discussed a controversial photograph taken by the photographer Annie Leibovitz of the 15 year old Miley Cyrus in a sexual, risqué pose. I agree with the author of this article. The photographer has taken thousands of famous photographs, and has been published in magazines, and she should know better. Even though the majority of our media contains sexual representations and explicit images, the photographer should not exploit teenagers. The photographer is experienced in molding her models into the shape she wants. A young impressionable teenager could easily be manipulated into thinking a nude shot is the best way to show off her charm. In the article it says that Cyrus and the photographer sat down and looked at other images and discussed the type of pose they should take of her. In our society, sex is everywhere. This is a problem, because most of the media is exposed to the younger generations. It is making our younger generations think that exploiting themselves is acceptable. When they see a popular teen celebrity in nothing but a sheet, they think its okay to post similar images of themselves on social media websites, such as Facebook, Myspace, etc. This issue brings us to what parents are thinking.
In this article, it tells us Cyrus’ parents thought the photograph was a symbol of her natural beauty, and agreed it should be published. I think they should be the first ones to disagree with the publishing of the photograph. They are aware that millions are criticizing their young daughter, they also know she is looked up to by young teens, and should recognize that their 15-year-old daughter should not be thought of in such a sexual…...

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