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How good is the 'Sorted' video at educating the young people of the dangers of Ecstasy?

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How good is the 'Sorted' video at educating the young people of the dangers of Ecstasy? The film 'Sorted' was made following the death of an 18-year-old girl, who allegedly died after taking Ecstasy. The death is an incredibly emotive issue. The anger and uncertainty is put through in the film. The film puts forward that Ecstasy was completely to blame for her death. The film was created to make children aware of the dangers of ecstasy. However, if the film did this effectively is debatable. "Sorted" shows how Leah Betts died after just taking one Ecstasy tablet and how it can kill you. The video creates an emotive environment from the start, and this continues throughout the film. One way the filmmakers do this is by playing "wonderwall" by Osasis in the background. This is important because it adds to the emotional connection the audience gets with Leah Betts and her family. ...read more.

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However the drug was referred to as "the drug" and "tablets." "We had done it a couple times before..." was the comment made by Leah Betts friend on the drug. But there is no mention on the number of times they had taken Ecstasy. I think the filmmakers did not show the number of times they had taken the drug because they wanted to get across that just one ecstasy tablet can kill. The film then shows an innocent child's party, this is shown by Coke Cola being poured and crisps being placed in a bowl. The filmmakers choose not to show the 18th birthday party because by showing a child's party we view Leah as an innocent child. Also the film puts across that Leah's parents were very safety conscious and took every procedure to ensure the party was safe. Their "main concern was...youngsters getting drunk," therefore they intended the party to run smoothly. ...read more.

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"Press the panic button" is another article. I believe this article is much better at educating young people about the drug ecstasy then "sorted." I think that "sorted" has a very extreme one-sided opinion which is that drugs kill, where as "Press the panic button" gives both sides of the effects of Ecstasy. It gives the readers information on why people take ecstasy for example "to dance all night" but also stating the dangers. In conclusion I think the film "sorted" was not very good at educating young people about the dangers of ecstasy. The film concentrates more on trying to make an emotional connection with the audience rather then educate the dangers of ecstasy. The film lacks facts, which makes me feel that the film would be better suited for younger audience rather then teenagers. However I think the film is not trying to educate the audience about ecstasy but trying to make you say no to drugs by showing you what happened to Leah. ...read more.

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