Inevitably, biases will be present; but the lack of exposure to other lesser known sources which may counterbalance these biases causes a shift in public opinion, one that is largely controlled by the popular media. One of the most powerful ways in which people are influenced is through language. The positive or negative connotations and repetitive use of specific terminology bring up certain emotions or depart messages into the subconscious mind. One may refer to them as trigger words think, for example, of words such... ... middle of paper ... ... Modern Criminal Jury Trials." Last modified 11,3,2009.
It has become generally acknowledged by many communications studies that exposure to violence in the media can both influence an increase in the observer's use of violence to resolve situations as well as a desensitization to acts of violence. This exposure to violence in the media makes viewers less critical of real life violence. Since the mass media often represents violence as "happy violence" devoid of pain, suffering and consequences they are not providing the viewer with an accurate or realistic portrayal of violence. Many studies have also confirmed a commulative effect of exposure to violence so researches have tried to trace patterns from childhood exposure to adult social behavior. In the 1960's the government made a concerted effort to increase the understanding of media effects as well as the influence of violence on television.
Seventh, in the country where diversity of race, ethnic, religion, and culture exist, false issues that offend each other sections need to be avoided, because it can lead to riot and killings and many other problems. To conclude, in the world where everything are quickly changed, mass media has an important role as a social agent, due to its great capability of influencing, mass media can bring change for the better if it functioned properly and cause various effects to the society. Even so, mass media still need to follow the rules which are set by its community in each country. However, even though mass media is capable of changing human's paradigm, in the end, it all comes back to each person, whether they agree to change or not.
Whilst it is generally accepted that Hollywood films may desensitise children to the consequences of violence, we shou... ... middle of paper ... ...dia and the way it reacts is especially important in society today. Everyday, interpretations of texts are made available to us in the form of mass media such as newspapers and television and it is in our interpretation of these media texts where the basis of public opinion is formed. In summary, the study of media is a crucial tool for regulating what is said and what should not be said. It gives us the power of choice and the power to question. Its main concern is with helping us develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of media, the techniques used, and the impact of these techniques.
Some newspapers, TV shows, and websites can be helpful, but most of it is junk and used just for the joy of entertainment. Overall, the mass media negatively affects people on a large basis because of a wrong message, addiction and overload to certain media, and the influence media might have on behavior and the outlook of life. The key to try to avoid the negative influence of mass media is to limit your exposure and to choose what you watch. It’s impossible to avoid the effects of media completely, but we can choose what we believe and not allow the media to influence us. Using our proper judgment and taking a moment to think about the things we see in the media will put our minds in the proper perspective and allow us to inhibit the positive influences the mass media can have on us.
But today in the 21st century the circumstances are different and the stakes are higher. Due to the great level of competition among journalists today, the news is often exaggerated in order to capture a larger viewing audience. Censorship is defined as 'Policy of restricting the public expression of ideas, opinions, conceptions, and impulses, which are believed to have the capacity to undermine the governing authority or the social and moral order which authority considers itself bound to protect? (Abraham 357). Political, religious, obscenity, and censorship affecting academic freedom are all equal in their destructiveness towards free speech.
Today people are accustomed to this type of media, but one cannot neglect the correlations between some past incidents and media violence. Media coverage of violence is harmful to society since it has been associated with glamorizing crimes, causing children to behave aggressively, and creating motivation for criminals. Diminishing changes such as censoring the media and creating
The media controls the amount of violence filtered and viewed by consumers, as well as the amount of attention certain celebrities get, and depending on the amount of attention results in whom the generation mimics. This magnitude of influence brings reasonable cause to worry. The belief that media uses its influence positively and not having a negative effect on the younger generations is not only a false notion but it also purposely uses it to its advantage. It is important to notice that everything done by an individual is influenced by what that person witnessed and experienced. One of the most influential sources today is television.
The media and entertainment play a very crucial role in our perception of violence in society. Exposure to violence in the media, including television, movies, music, and video games helps us construct our own perspective on violence. According to Joel Best, his theory on random violence states that random violence and violence, in general, is patternless, pointless, and leads to the deterioration of society. Many examples can be given from national and international media coverage on various random violence acts. There are many sides to the debate about whether or not violence in the media affects us and how prevalent it is in our society.
The public has made this an issue that the government and media must deal with in order to make both the broadcasters and the general public happy. It has been proven that violence on television, as well as sex and obscene language has an ill effect on society and it is the governments job to do something about it. Through the use of technology, great advances have been made, but there is still a lot to be done. Devices such as the V-chip and the rating system are small steps in a large gray area of politics. There has to be a "middle of the road" on which everyone can agree, but the government is responsible for laying the groundwork for compromise.