"Creating an appealing image has become more important in contemporary society than is the reality or truth behind that image."
In contemporary society, appealing way of presenting images has created its own space. The overall appreciation of the image increases if it is presented in an appealing manner. Let‘s evaluate the presented issue by comparing to everyday, real life events.
Many people in the society understand the fact that appealing image would help them in everything they pursue. They take advantage of the fact and try to implement in their lives. For instance, let’s consider a person who works in software department, which develops software products for their clients. A Person is supposed to have expertise in the software field to work efficiently for the company. Even, if he does not know how manage the programming part for the software product, he can still survive good in the company, if he knows how to handle clients with their issues. The reality about the person is he does not have good knowledge about anything that is related to his work, but he manages to survive in his company with the appealing image, which creates overall good impression about his work. Hence, even if the truth is hidden behind the appealing image, it works very well in the contemporary society.
Another example that can be considered to support my view is, Ex-president Bill Clinton's sex scandal. Initially he thought he could get way with the scandal having an appealing image as president of the country, but in reality he was responsible for the scandal. In the end, he was caught, as the evidences were out. Therefore, having an appealing image does help in the contemporary society to get away hiding their weaknesses.
Some might argue that if the image is presented without the appealing manner, people would very well accept it. For example, lets consider a person who works as vice president of the major company in a city. He may not know anything about the ground work that necessary to increase his company revenues, as long as his subordinates does the work for him. But, if he presents himself with the reality before his clients, he may not survive in that as the vice-president. His appealing mannerisms help to enjoy a position like vice president. Hence, a society gets easily influenced by the images, which are appealing.
In sum, I concur that to the fact that creating an appealing image in the contemporary society is very important.