Drugs in the Media

Essay by bigtroopCollege, Undergraduate May 2004

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The media in the United States of America portrays drugs in many different ways. In movies such as Scareface and Blow, drugs are shown as evil. Although a majority of media portrays drugs as evil, some of the most influential media on the kids encourages them to use and sell drugs. The children of the Untied States of America are growing up listening to musicians talking about getting high and selling drugs.

Scareface is a good example of the way movies portray drugs. In Scareface, a young Cuban immigrant named Tony Montana sets up a huge cocaine empire. He goes from working as a dish washer to owning a huge mansion. This movie shows drugs as the root to evil. In the movie Tony kills his former boss, and marries his wife. Tony also ends up killing his best friend. Through out the movie you can see how cocaine changes Tony.

Towards the end, he is a totally different person. After seeing the change that cocaine caused, it makes you never want to try it.

In the movie Blow, they show the evil that drugs bring. George Jung, the main character, gets busted for the first time with over 600 pounds of marijuana. He spends some time in jail where he meets a man affiliated with Pablo Escobar. Once out of jail, George begins his cocaine empire. He marries one of Escobar's nieces and becomes part of the family. His wife has a baby girl, but George gets busted again. When he finally gets out of jail, he goes to a bank in Panama and finds out the government took his money. Now George is broke with no job and a family to feed. George decides to risk the rest of his life on one last score. He attempts to...