Media or monster?
When we think of the “monsters” in our society the first couple things that come to mind are terrorists, murderers, or people like drug dealers or rapists, but when we think deeper into it, we actually realize that even though these groups of people are horrible and are out to hurt people, the actual people that are striving for this coverage are the people in the media. The media tries to scare us by putting images, stories and whatever bad is happening in our world at the moment it is very rare of us to see a good act of kindness on social media or the news which is why social media has turned into such a monster, but yet we still rely on it everyday. Today when we watch the news we are most likely watching something about the war, or the reoccuring mass shootings. When turning on the news we expect to see those stories and what we really would really like to be watching are the stories about people being saved or people reaching out to help the people in need. Not saying that there aren’t ever any “good” stories but probably at least 7 out of 10 times we turn on the news, we see stories about the terrorist attacks and protests going on everyday. So that only leaves 3 out of 10 times that we might see a good story on the news.
There are many programs on TV that are not suitable or recommended for children but when thinking about it, what kind of stuff are those channels or programs showing that we aren’t seeing on the news. We still hear about the sex scandals, the murders (that the media is doing everything they can to get pictures of), beatings, and bombings. Really the only things that they are blocking out are bad language and nudity. Does the media really find it appropriate to cover stories about coke addicted or bulimic celebrities?
There are many restrictions on what age us people are aloud to drive at, or the legal age to drink and smoke or what should be taught in schools. But what we really should be concerned about is what is being allowed to be shown or talked about on the news, because even if they don’t think so, they are very influential or “monsters” to society.
Social media has so much untapped potential. This potential will never be reached when people slam each other whenever they have the chance. To make it worse, this slamming leads to depression. A very real illness that has caused not only an increase in school absences but also in suicides. When people use social media to cyberbully, its potential to bring people together changes into a weapon that tears people apart such as mass shootings.
Social media is a monster, the worst part is no one sees it coming. It has the power to make people narcissistic. A mental illness that causes someone to only think about himself. People post “selfies” on social media sites and get input on their picture. This can lead to a bloated self-image and ego which limits society’s potential as it draws others in.
A common urban person usually wakes up in the morning checks the tv news or newspaper, goes to work, makes a few phone calls, eats with their family or peers when possible and makes his decisions based on the information that he has either from their co workers, Tv news, friends, family, financial reports, etc. we need to be conscious of the reality that most of our decisions, beliefs and values are based on what we know for a fact, our assumptions and our own experience. In our work we usually know what we have to do, based on our experience and studies, however on our routine life and household chores we mostly rely on the mass media to get the current news and facts about what is important and what we should be aware of.
We have put our trust on the media as an authority to give us news, entertainment and education. However, the influence of mass media on our kids, teenagers and society is so big that we should know how it really works. The media makes billions of dollars with the advertising they sell and that we are exposed to, every single moment. We buy what we are told to buy by the media. After seeing thousands of advertising’s we make our buying decisions based on what we saw on tv, newspapers or magazines. These are the effects of mass media especially in teenagers, they buy what they see on tv, what their favorite celebrity advertise and what is acceptable by society based on the fashion that the media has imposed on them.
There are some positive and negative influences in young people of our society due to these ad campaigns in the media. Here is a positive influence example, if there is a quiz show on education that is getting a lot of attention by the media and gains popularity among your friends and society, you will more likely want to actively participate and watch these quiz shows. These activities are good for the society and will promote literary activities in the youth. However a negative influence in teenagers and constant exposure of which would seduce the teen to replicate the same behavior in the real life.
When we watch tv or a action movie we usually see many images of violence and people hurting others. The problem with this is that it can become traumatic especially in our children as they see it more and more. Our kids that are starting to grow and are shaping their personality values and beliefs can become aggressive or they can lose a sense of distinction between reality and fiction. Another problem is that real war is used as a form of entertainment by the media, we should make our kids and teen aware that war is not a form of entertainment and that there is no win or lose like in video games, in real war everyone lose.
Teens, youngsters are in a stage of life where they want to be accepted by their peers, they want to be loved and be successful. The media creates the ideal image of beautiful men and women with all the ingredients of a successful person, you can see it in movies and tv. It’s a subliminal way to persuade the masses that if you want to be successful and look like them then you have to buy that particular brand or product. Another negative influence in teenagers, especially in the USA, that has grown over the last years is obesity. There are millions of adolescents fighting obesity, but at the same time they are exposed to thousands of advertisements of junk food, while the ideal image of a successful person is told to be thin and wealthy.
Not all consequences of this technology are good ones. Like the way it has allowed us to hide behind screens and limited our social interaction face to face. You get the feeling of being social without having to go out and socialize. In the same vein, it gives you the feeling of being a friend (or having friends) without having to put in any actual work to build the relationship. Just think of how many people you have on your Facebook friends list. How many of them do you see on a semi-regular basis? At all?
Then we have the issue of how it has taken over our lives. I hate being out in public and seeing people on their phones. Seeing them talking never bothered me as long as they weren’t being obnoxious. Nor does sending off a quick text bug me; maybe they are meeting someone and telling them where they are, or something. It is the obvious Facebooking or tweeting or whatever else that keeps people’s eyes glued to their phones.I never check social media sites when I am out doing something. Whether it is grocery shopping, getting dinner with friends or waiting in line, it is just so impolite. It also shows a serious problem with distraction in today’s society. We can’t enjoy the world around us for an hour without retreating back into that safe little digital box.
Productivity is pretty much shot thanks to social media, as well. Admit it, you check your profiles during work, or find yourself wandering over to YouTube or your favorite blog during work hours. Here is a fun little game: every time you get distracted by a social media site, make a little strike on a piece of paper. At the end of the day, count all the strikes and feel your heart drop into your stomach as you try to estimate how much time wasted it represents.
Social media is a rapidly growing monster and as the years have gone by we have relied on it for both good and bad reasons, when watching the news it’s very unlikely for us to see something good and more than likely to see something bad. The solution to avoiding the negative influence of media lies in limiting media exposure and choosing what to watch. News sources often bombard you with the same negative stories over and over again, in order to increase the impact. Sometimes, small incidents or events in the lives of celebrities and politicians are hyped, in order to make them more sensational. Refrain from watching such programs or news. Instead, watch good programs that carry healthy content, engage in positive activities, and encourage others to do the same. As a responsible adult (parent or teacher), exercise control on the media exposure that kids and teenagers get.
Media portrayals give rise to stereotypes, affecting your mindset. Advertisements carry subliminal messages influencing buyers’ psychology, or carry direct messages that bear a negative influence. It’s not possible to insulate yourself completely from the effects of media, even if you limit the exposure. And there are so many things you see around you, without choosing to watch them. The only way to shield yourself from them, is to not allow them to influence you. Don’t take media portrayals by their word. Don’t believe in them without thinking. Use your judgment before following or falling for anything. Put things in perspective, and don’t let the media influence you to do the wrong things.
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This article assesses how social movement actors strategically use a hybrid mix of social and traditional media to organise political actions in an attempt to influence media and public agendas. Using the case study of the Anti-Media Monopoly Movement in Taiwan, it investigates how the activists’ use of social and mainstream media contributed towards their collective action and mediated visibility. We argue that the effectiveness of social media activism is augmented by the activists’ engagement in protest actions and tactics catering to news media logics. Through their hybrid media practices, the activists were able to mobilise local and overseas groups into forms of collective and connective action and amplify the impact of protests
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This article describes how social media and the news is affecting our generation as millenials, it gives us research, facts, and percentages in today’s society from how it was back then.