暑假必读的新概念美文: 新闻报道的威力

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In democratic countries any efforts to restrict the freedom of the press are rightly condemned. However, this freedom can easily

be abused. Stories about people often attract far more public attention than political events. Though we may enjoy reading about

the lives of others, it is extremely doubtful whether we would equally enjoy reading about ourselves. Acting on the contention that

facts are sacred, reporters can cause untold suffering to individuals by pub- lishing details about their private lives. Newspapers

exert such tremendous influence that they can not only bring about major changes to the lives of ordinary people but can even

overthrow a government.

The story of a poor family that acquired fame and fortune overnight, dramatically illustrates the power of the press. The family

lived in Aberdeen, a small town of 23,000 inhabitants in South Dakota. As the parents had five children, life was a perpetual

struggle against poverty. They were expecting their sixth child and faced with even more pressing economic problems. If they had

only had one more child, the fact would have passed unnoticed. They would have continued to struggle against economic odds

and would have lived in obscurity. But they suddenly became the parents of quintuplets, four girls and a boy, an event which

radically changed their lives. The day after the birth of the five children, an aeroplane arrived in Aberdeen bringing sixty

reporters and photographers.

The rise to fame was swift. Television cameras and newspapers carried the news to everyone in the country. Newspapers and

magazines offered the family huge sums for the exclusive rights to publish stories and photographs. Gifts poured in not only from

unknown people, but from baby food and soap manufacturers who wished to advertise their products. The old farmhouse the

family lived in was to be replaced by a new $500,000 home. Reporters kept pressing for interviews so lawyers had to be

employed to act as spokesmen for the family at press conferences. While the five babies were still quietly sleeping in oxygen tents

in a hospital nursery, their parents were paying the price for fame. It would never again be possible for them to lead normal lives.

They had become the victims of commercialization, for their names had acquired a market value. Instead of being five new family

members, these children had immediately become a commodity.

●democrat 民主的

●restrict v. 限制

●abuse v. 滥用

●contention n. 论点

●untold adj. 数不尽的,无限的

●South Dakota 南达科他州 (美国)

●perpetual adj. 永久的

●quintuplet n. 五胞胎之一

●obscurity n. 默默无闻

●radically adv. 彻底地,完全地

●exclusive adj. 独占的,独家的

●nursery n. 育婴室,保育室

●commercialization n. 商品化

●commodity n. 商品

◆democrat 民主的

◆restrict v. 限制

keep within a certain limit

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