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Pop Culture, Media, and Society

An overview of the effects of popular culture and the media in relation to society, particularly America's youth.

Heather Clark

on 17 June 2010

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Transcript of Pop Culture, Media, and Society

Popular Culture
Role Models Music Body Image Phenomena Consensus Influential Mainstream Sensationalism Superficial Commercial Propaganda Television Movies What kind of messages are today's popular artists conveying? Songs like Britney Spears "Toxic" that emphasize sex and drugs are routinely advertised to children nationwide Hit tv series "Gossip Girl" promotes sexuality and other inappropriate activities for children and teens, and can also influence malicious behavior. When glamourized in popular culture, illegal behaviors are more likely to be imitated Video Games "Research on exposure to television and movie violence suggests that playig violent video games increases aggressive behavior."-Psychological Science Objectification "The media have been criticized for depicting the ideal woman as thin. Some argue that these images create unrealistic expectations for young women and can lead to body dissatisfaction and disordered eating."- Amanda J. Holstrom "On April 20th 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold launched an assault on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 13 and injuring 23 before turning their guns on themselves." - Psychological Science "The shooters were boys who habitually played violent video games. They both enjoyed playing the bloody, shoot-em'-up video game Doom, a game licensed by the U.S. Military to train soldiers." - Psychological Science Our culture has become obsessed with thin ideals "and is played out in the media via models and actresses who may have eating disorders themselves,and who may have pesonal trainers to help them maintain a thin body." Many bodies of celebrities we see in magazines, "as portrayed through modern airbrushing and camera-angle techniques, may not even be their own."- Renee A. Botta A new study conducted by the American Psychological Association claims that, "advertising and media images that encourage girls to focus on looks and sexuality are harmful to their emotional and physical health."-Sharon Jayson A psychology professor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs states that, "It is worrisome when dolls designed specifically for 4-8 year olds are associated with an objectified adult sexuality." What kind of people are kids and teens looking up to? Conclusion Pop culture in today's society has a tendency to glamourize sex and violence, objectify women, and portray an unrealistic body image. The unfortunate truth is that much of today's youth can not differentiate fantasy from reality. Overall, pop culture can in fact have a positive impact on society, but when it comes to children the negative implications appear to greatly outweigh the positive. Differing Effects On Society's Youth A Glimpse at Popular Culture and how it can...

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