Unlikely Friends

Unlikly Friends

The Onion’s satirical article “Pakistani Boy, US Drone form Unlikely Friendship” on November 2, 2012 suggests that the Pakistani and American relationship is strained. This claim is supported by the Onion’s fictional story of a Pakistani boy and Drone becoming friends and the comical image above grabs viewer’s attention. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of Pakistan’s distrust and dwindling relationship with the US in order to call for better Pakistani relations. There is a affable relationship with the audience of readers who are casual enough to not be offended by America’s personification in this article but understand the importance of foreign relations.

The ONION, “Pakistani Boy, U.S Drone Form Unlikely Friendship” November 2, 2012, issue 48-44


Dronestagram: The Drone’s Eye View

Dronestagram: The Drone's Eye View

James Bridle posted Nov 8 2012, the blog ‘Dronstagragm: The Drone’s Eye View’ argues that these locations (Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan) are not so ‘foreign’ – these are places where real people live and are under attack. Bridle’s argument is supported by the inclusion of actual photo’s from drones found from reputable sources within the U.K Bureau of Investigative Journalism. His purpose is to add pathos to the drone discussion and elicit viewer’s sympathy for people who live in these conflict areas in order to gain signatures on the ‘drone wars UK’s petitions to end the secrecy around British drone strikes’ attached the site. Bridle establishes an encouraging relationship with the audience of readers who have an internet presence like Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram who engage in online discussions of politics and foreign policies.

US Drones ‘causing mental trauma’ in Pakistan

Al Jazeera’s December 2011 video “US Drones ‘causing mental trauma’ in Pakistan, argues that “escalating drone strikes targeting armed groups injure many ordinary people” in Pakistan. Al Jazeera supports this claim by including footage from inside a mental hospital with victims of PTSD, quotes from those victims, and statistics of the civilian causalities since 2004. The purpose of this video is to raise awareness of the mental consequences of drone strikes in Pakistan villages in order to elicit sympathy for these victims to end drone strikes in Pakistan. There is a sympathetic relationship established with the Al Jazeera audience who – being mostly from the Middle-east, can identify with the ravages of this conflict and would be touched by the sad footage.


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The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire

Reddit’s meme of ‘Sudden Clarity Clarence‘ (generated by quickmeme) posted on the internet news site in  November 2012, suggests that the U.S use of drones is immoral.  The anonymous poster supports his claim by using the verb ‘hunt’ to describe the Drone’s behavior and implies it’s likeness to a predator, he furthers this claim by presenting a metaphor that the U.S is the same as ‘the empire’ from Star Wars. His purpose is to raise awareness of the role that the U.S military has in the war on terror in order to bring skepticism and more critical thought on the military actions. There is a jovial relationship between the author and the audience of Reddit.com that understand Star Wars references and are entertained by satire.

‘Sudden clarity Clarence’ published by QuickMeme,  http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rlzep/