George Suanders “The Braindead Megaphone”

George Saunders starts his essay off with telling the reader to imagine a guy with a megaphone at a party. He starts blurting out random stuff which gets people talking about the guy or what he is saying. What he is saying is intelligent or has to make sense but it sparks a conversation between the party guests. At first they agree or disagree with the megaphone guy but after a while, the party guests will see that they are starting to think like megaphone guy and what’s important to him will become important to them. I think this is where he establishes the stakes in his essay. He then goes on to tell how news reporters can report on obvious things like “the mall is packed because so many people are shopping at Christmas time.” It’s not really news to anyone that malls will be packed but people still watch anyway, agreeing with the newscaster. We, as people who are watching this newscast, slowly realize that what this news reporter is saying is basically common sense. Saunders goes on to say that the media is doing this type of thing more and more and us at home aren’t doing anything to change the way people report the news. I’m not entirely sure how I want to raise the stakes in my essay. I might do it after I explain the different generations but I am not sure what I want to say.


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