JCCC Honors Journal


Media bombards us with information at all times. How often do we stop to think about its influence on our opinions and behaviors? While some of us may wish to believe that we are capable of being informed without being persuaded, to some extent or another, we are all manipulated by media. Many theories about how media influences our current society can be seen in action in the Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, with remarkable verisimilitude. In order to explore media and its effects on people, one can observe Katniss Everdeen as she becomes a tribute, a victor, and a leader, as she understands the power of media. Her varying degrees of awareness, understanding, and manipulation of televised content accurately reflect how our own society responds to it as well.