Who is a Looter? Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of three images that perpetuate stereotypes and are forms of sensationalist propaganda.
# 146059 | 1,192 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper first focuses on a stereotypical image of blacks looting a store in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The paper points out that there were plenty of whites who looted at the same time, and, many indigent families who could not evacuate needed basic food supplies. The paper then examines the image of the media surrounding the ambulance of the high profile entertainer, Brittany Spears, who was hospitalized for psychiatric care. The paper brings out how Ms. Spears has been exploited by many, including businesses, her ex-husband and her father, James Spears. Finally, the paper discusses the image of George W. Bush, superimposed over a photograph of the World Trade Center towers in New York City, on September 11, 2001. The paper explains how the purpose of the image is to incite anger, sway political allegiances, and even suggest that Bush had something to do with the events of September 11, 2001. The paper clearly illustrates how these photographs are examples of images being used for individual, corporate, or other gain. The paper includes color copies of these three images.

From the Paper:

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many photographs such as the one seen in Photograph number one flashed across the news channels around America, and throughout the world. The images show a happy, free-for-all style looting of a local New Orleans business, which was closed prior to the storm, and, in the stranded aftermath of the storm, after many of the city's police, firemen, and in the absence of the state's National Guard troops, was being looted by residents who had not evacuated the city (Garrett, Brandon, and Tetlow, Tania, 2006, 127). Many images like this failed to show white people looting, and there were plenty of whites who helped their selves to store shelves around the city in the days following the storm, before authorities could regain control over the abandoned city."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Garrett, Brandon L., and Tania Tetlow. "Criminal Justice Collapse: The Constitution after Hurricane Katrina." Duke Law Journal 56.1 (2006): 127+. Questia. 1 Mar. 2009 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5019431816>.
  • Images of Hurricane Katrina, found online at http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=looting%20hurricane%20katrina&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi, 2005, retrieved 1 March 2009.
  • Images of Brittany Spears, found online at http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://judicial-inc.biz/81b.ri1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://thisiszionism.blogspot.com/2008/01/brittany-spears-rushed-to-hospital.html&usg=__uoZgO_FKCKQSYT3FQzen5-UUDYU=&h=317&w=405&sz=27&hl=en&start=1&um=1&tbnid=HnAWV16M6qW9DM:&tbnh=97&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbrittany%2Bspears%2Bhome%2Bchildren%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG, retrieved 1 March 2009.
  • Bloggerhead.com, found online at, retrieved 1 March 2009.

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