The Effect of Media on the World

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Though the letter was replaced by a tweet, and the newspaper boy was replaced by a blogger, the effect of the media on the world is unparalleled. Still, there is always going to be the question of how much, and by what means, does the media affect our lives. To try to answer this question, resources such as the Imprints textbook, multiple news articles in prominent news agencies and other sources like The Guardian and Al Jazeera, and the movie Bowling for Columbine are used and fully credited. The topics presented cover themes such as misrepresentation in media, the influences of media, and the effect of media on daily life. Misrepresentation of news in media is sadly very common today, with more and more people becoming increasingly distrusting of news reporters to accurately relay news (Current Problems). According to Daily Source: “A poll by USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup found only 36 percent of Americans believe news organizations get the facts straight, compared with 54 percent in mid-1989”(ibid.). It does not help that many news articles contain major factual and grammatical errors, which greatly contribute to the distrust in the mass media outlets, such as news stations, radio stations and more (ibid.). In an article titled Why Do Western media get Africa wrong? Nanjala Nyabola notes that Western media in principle cannot relay international news accurately, because of the difficulties of translation and the need to satisfy the West’s stereotypical view of the world (Western media). She also notes that non-Western news channels are not viewed as much as the Western news channels even in the country where, in theory, non-Western news should be the main source of information, which implies that the inaccurate news reports a... ... middle of paper ... ...February 2014. Gathara, Patrick. “If western journalists get Africa wrong, who get’s it right?” The Guardian, 24 January 2014. Web. 23 February 2014. Nyabola, Nanjala. “Why do Western media get Africa wrong?” Al Jazeera, 02 January 2014. Web. 21 February 2014. Pigott, Catherine. “Chicken-Hips” Imprints, Eds.Joe Banet, Diane Robitaille, and Cathy Zerbst. Toronto: Gage Learning Corporation, 2001. 79-81. Print. Shafi, Suman. “Positive and Negative Influences of Media Among Young People.” uthmag.com. Uthmag, 12 June 2012. Web. 24 February 2014. Tyler, Melissa. “The Impact of Social Media in Our Daily Lives”. Adventures in Freelance Translation. n.p., 23 May 2013. Web. 24 February 2014. Wolska, Malgorzata. “Gender stereotypes in mass media. Case study: Analysis of the gender stereotyping phenomenon in TV commercials.” Krytyka, 9 January 2011. Web. 23 February 2014.
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