Media: the golden progeny of man's technological advances. It grants this time in history the name 'The Age of Information'. On account of this, no one has the right to claim ignorance in issues any longer. However, the media can control what issues the populace devotes its attention toward. Media can easily distract America from issues regarding our health and safety with useless and unimportant information.
The media, when left to it's own devices, is completely capable of having negative effects on the physical health of society, as well as its psychological well-being. The media has been shown to influence the opinions people have and the choices they make in everything from simple daily life, to life-changing decisions. For example, the media has been shown to play a role in portraying skinny, near anorexic girls as beautiful and women who are heavier built as fat and ugly. This has caused people, especially teenage girls and boys to believe that being a size-zero is the only thing acceptable, anything else is fat, ugly and unattractive. This makes the overweight feel out of place. Young girls are ready to starve themselves to lose weight so they can feel pretty. Such an inferiority complex and lowered confidence issues in people can lead to eating disorders, and other stress related medical issues. In a survey done on fifth graders by the National Institute on Media and the Family, it was discovered that children became dissatisfied with their personal image after watching videos of very popular artists and actors, or scenes from a popular television show. The obsession with the mistaken truth that fat is bad, as well as a sign of irresponsibility, as opposed to thin being considered beautifu...
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...e. Especially when speaking of the populaces of first world countries. So how is it that so many Americans have no knowledge of the simple truths of life, or of major events occurring in other countries? If two simple things were to happen, our country would completely change. If Americans were to use their ability to filter information and not blindly take in everything they heard, and automatically accept it as fact; and if the media, news or otherwise, were to actually focus on pertinent information first. The world would never be the same.
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