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The intensity of todays media coverage has been greatly magnified by the sheer number and types of media outlets that are available today Intense competition for the most revealing photographs and the latest information on a subject has turned even minor media events into so-called media frenzies Reporters are forced by the nature of the competition to pry ever deeper for an angle on a story that no one else has been able to uncover With this type of media coverage it does become more and more likely that anyone who is subjected to it will have his or her reputation tarnished as no individual is perfect Everyone makes mistakes The advances in technology have made much information easily and instantaneously available Technology has also made it easier to dig further than ever before into a persons past increasing the possibility that the subjects reputation may be harmed The above statement is much too broad however Anyone covers all people all over the world There are people whose reputations have only been enhanced by media scrutiny There are also people whose reputations were already so poor that media scrutiny could not possibly diminish it any further There may very well be people that have done nothing wrong in the past at least that can be discovered by the media whose reputations could not be diminished by media scrutiny To broadly state that anyone subjected to media coverage will have his or her status sullied implies that everyones reputation worldwide is susceptible to damage under any type of media scrutiny What about children particularly newborn children What about those people whose past is entirely unknown Another problem with such a broad statement is that it does not define the particular level of media scrutiny Certainly there are different levels of media coverage Does merely the mention of ones name in a newspaper constitute media scrutiny What about the coverage of a single event in
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