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Roles that the Media Play in Society - Destructive vs. Instructive -

by shannon goncalves

shannon goncalves

on 17 January 2013

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Destructive or Instructive? Roles that the Media Play
in Society 'Miss Representation' Media? Whats that?! "The media's the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power, because they control the minds of the masses." - Malcolm X by shannon goncalves MISS REPRESENTATION uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see Casey Anthony acquitted for charges against murdering her daughter Honey Boo Boo exploited by TLC and her family ---> the means of communication that reach or influence people publicly different
forms of the media Main Argument/Thesis The media is often very destructive to how we perceive ourselves, how we perceive others, and how we perceive the world around us.
(it is obvious I am arguing against the media) How we see ourselves: The media influences; how we look, how we think we should look, how we should act, the things we should say or buy, ect. For example.. You are led to believe that Supermodels, celebrities, magazines, all of whom are given much attention because of their physical looks, abundant wealth, and lifestyles, are happier and more lovable than we are.

This results in an incorrect belief that we should emulate them, rather than supporting real love of self. This has made it difficult for us to feel self-assured with whom we naturally are. How we see others: The media has been able to influence the way we judge other people in our world and in the society we live in.

- Take for example the Indian/Pakistani/Arab community after 9/11.
---> Being that the act was carried out by Osama bin laden, people of our world started to generalize masses of his race as "terrorists" which in turn, led them to be feared and deemed as a threat. How we see the world: Question Has the media influenced you to do things you have not always wanted to do? The Lottery Did you know? Did you know you have roughly a one in 14 million to one in 140 million chance of winning a big prize? To put this in perspective, each person has a one in 2,320,000 chance of being killed by lightning; a one in 3,441,325 chance of dying after coming into contact with a venomous animal or plant; and a one in 10 million chance of being struck by falling airplane parts.

-->approximately 57% of U.S. adults collectively will spend upwards of $50 billion each year in the hopes of striking it rich (Canadians spend more than $8 billion per year).

Media + Philosophy Welcome to Post Modernism! Anybody even know what that is? What is Post Modern?

Postmodern media rejects the idea that any media product or text is of any greater value than another. All judgements of value are merely taste. Anything can be art, anything can deserve to reach an audience, and culture ‘eats itself’ as there is no longer anything new to produce or distribute. Post Modern Jean Baudrillard
(1929-2007) French philosopher and cultural analyst who started his academic life as a Sociologist interested in consumer society ...That in a postmodern culture dominated by TV, films, news media, and the Internet, the whole idea of a true or a false copy of something has been destroyed: all we have now are simulations of reality, which aren't any more or less "real" than the reality they simulate. Baudrillard Argued.... Discussion/Scenario
After work Molly stops by the mall to buy a CD for her friend, but before she enters the record store, she notices a giant poster of Mariah Carey in a mini-skirt, with a heavily painted face, legs spread out in that familiar, alluring pose. What meaning can be attached to the poster? Maybe none at all, or maybe the subliminal message that buying the CD will turn you in to a similarly seductive woman. What is the connection between everything this woman has seen and heard on a single given day, and the actual experiences of her life? The distinction between media and reality has collapsed, and we now live in a ‘reality’ defined by images and representations in the media But wait....
what about the PROS? - We have the latest news and information at the click of the mouse!
- Television, movies, Internet and the radio are some of the best forms of entertainment.
- It can be used for educational purposes in an effective manner.
The CONS? -At times, the information reported may not be authentic from every angle. Hence, there may be a misinterpretation of a situation.
-News can be manipulated to influence the minds of the audiences. For example - a particular political party may manipulate reports in their favor, which would indicate the political control in the media.
-Media bias can occur due to various issues. A journalist or an editor may give personal preference to an issue.
Opinions of the Public Name: Tristan Broomes What do you think of the media? “With regards to Blacks, Asians, and Spanish, the media focuses only on the stereotypes and the negative aspects of these cultures blow it up to epic proportions and then downplay it when something good comes into play.” My opinion With regards to my opinion, I ind the media to be incredibly destructive. I always wondered why there was the same 20 songs on the radio, until I did my research. This is where I found out that 90% of the media is controlled by 6 major media giants. This means.... 232 media executives control the information diet of 277 million people. Conclusion If we as a society are to take anything from recent tragedies, it's that these vulture-esque creatures will do anything for a story. Sensationalist headlines, articles with slanted views and overly enthusiastic anchors are what sell papers, give pageviews and draw in ratings. The art of story-telling is lost in today's media. If we are to return to sanity a change must occur, an extreme and almost complete reconstruction of the industry must occur.
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