V Vs Murrow
V for Vendetta vs Edward Murrow
V’s speech was given live to all of his community in Britain on BTN and it was a call to action for the people to realize how corrupt their country has become over time. V had one objective and that objective was to make sure that everyone in his community knew how terrible their society was becoming and how they could fix it, “And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression” (V). V also wanted help from the citizens to overthrow the government. “The security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration… I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered” (V). He tells everyone during the broadcast that if he could have everyone participating and if they all agreed with him, then a year from that day meet him at the gates to overthrow the government once and for all. “But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot” (V). V wants to shine a light on the government’s corruption in hopes of people joining him in his course of action.
Edward Murrow’s speech was given on a radio broadcast to the public, which he directed media producers. Murrow believes that these media producers need to stop educating our public with the wrong information and stop hiding things that we need to know. “We have built an allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information”, Murrow states and he believes that it is necessary for people to know what is really going on in our everyday world. People all around the world use social media and we just use media for the entertainment thinking it can’t be used for educational purposes. “Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost” (Murrow). Murrow sees the both positive and negative aspects of the fact of the technology growing, but he is worried of what it might turn in to. “There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance, and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate – and yes, it can eve inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it towards those ends” (Murrow) In the end, Murrow is trying to inform his community to realize that these media producers are not telling them everything they should be, and he is directing his speech to these producers, trying to convince them to change their ways.
V and Murrow’s speech share many similarities, the biggest being that both of their speeches are call to actions. Both V and Murrow broadcasted on some type of media, V announced his speech on BTN for all of his country to hear and Murrow announced his on a radio broadcast, directed towards media producers. These two men tell the public that they are all living in an untruthful corrupt society and it needs to be changed immediately. With V’s situation he says that the government only shows the news to the citizens that reflect greatly on the government, rather than showing the truth. Murrow’s is very similar in which the producers of the news channels are not giving the citizens truthful stories and they are hiding important information that these people have the right to know. These awful changes in both these men’s community have caused them to want to make a difference in their society. Both V and Murrow are successful with getting the people in their communities to come together as one and break out of their comfort zones to go against the government, in V’s case, and the media producers, in Murrow’s case. Although these two speeches have a lot in common they also have some differences as well. For example, in V’s speech he is trying to get his country out of a dystopian world, while Murrow is trying to prevent becoming a dystopian world. Another difference between the two speeches is that V’s speech is a more violent call to action. “Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten” (V). He believes that the only way to get his point across is through violence; on the other hand, Murrow’s is a much more peaceful call to action. While Murrow is trying to inform his community about his opinion on the media and how it is affecting their society, V is trying to convince his community to change their normal everyday lives and make a difference. Both these speeches share a lot of similarities and differences.
The writers for V and Murrow are warning us about the possibility of a corrupt government. For example, in V for Vendetta Adam Sutler takes over England in a blink of an eye as the high chancellor whom everyone worships, which quickly goes downhill. On the other hand, Murrow goes into depth about how our media is actually not showing us everything we should be seeing and is hiding what we deserve to see. Both these writers do a phenomenal job of referring back to history and giving evidence to give us readers a better understanding of these situations. In both of these speeches it talks about how either the government, in V’s case, and the news reporters, in Murrow’s case, are not being truthful with their citizens, when they have a right to know about what is going on it their society. Sadly, today this still happens. We are shown certain stories on the news every day, and there are thousands left out that we, as citizens, will never know about. In the end the writers for V and Murrow are warning us about the false advertisement the government or media can have on a community and how corrupt it can make it.
Both V and Murrow had a desire to make a change in their society, due to the corrupt government and news reporters affecting their community. V wanted to overthrow the Parliament and get rid of Adam Sutler who was causing these people to act this way, where as Murrow wanted the media producers to change what was being said on every all forms of media. Throughout V for Vendetta V was trying to get his country out of a dystopian world, “which is an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one”. He was tired of living in this type of society and no one would do anything about it, but him. While V was trying to get out of this dystopian world, Murrow was trying to prevent it. Both these men were very brave to stand up for their community and speak out to try and make it better.