The media really is a powerful tool. Not only does it expose our interests, it also has a very heavy influence on our perspective in our general lives. However, it can be abused, and very easily.
Basically, the good and the bad balance out, and as an aspiring journalist who is constantly monitoring sports press to learn tricks of the trade, I learned of its powerful influences this past week.
I am no tennis fan—as a matter of fact, I can honestly say I would watch bowling before I watched tennis—but for the past week it was all I watched.
Why? The media informed me, as well as thousands of others, of the incredible Melanie Oudin story.
The story alone is phenomenal. The 17-year-old, who is unranked, nearly fought her way to the top of one of America's most prestigious sporting events.
This was the Boise State vs. Oklahoma of tennis.
However, the story is a little bit more special down here. Oudin is from the metro Atlanta area, specifically Marietta, where I live.
I do not know Melanie personally, but I have plenty of Facebook friends who do. For the past week, with no exaggeration, probably 75 to 80 percent of my...
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