The monstrosity that (potentially) is the media..

Bollywood encourages rape in India

Violent video games linked to children’s aggression

Social interaction no longer exists due to texting

Advertising leads teenagers to eating disorders

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We’ve heard it all before, ironically we hear it in the news, and we see it as a notification pops up in our Twitter feed. It has become almost a reality, that we have come to terms with. Obviously it is the media’s fault, who else is there to blame? 

There has been an incredible amount of research done for and against this argument, proving inconclusive with different outcomes generated every time. It is a moral panic, yes the media may impact our society in a number of ways, however we need to take a step back and look at the media’s standpoint!

We have media personalities encouraging anxieties about minorities, just look at the role of women in the media.

We have the creation of social villains (see folk devils).

We have an emphasis on the powerful, and very little on the powerless.

If a man walked into a classroom, pulled out a gun and shot three children and a teacher, before turning the gun on himself, we’d call it a massacre, and we’d call him a vicious murderer.

Yet when a man walks into his own home and shoots his three children and his wife before turning the gun on himself, he’s remembered in the press as a loving family man who was under some strain.

Nina Funnell, Freelance Opinion Writer

Let’s face it, reality is, the media is bias.

With our small attention span (lower than a goldfish), we are less likely to look at both sides of the argument…

How many times have we heard the testimonies of refugees in detention centres? 

How many times have we heard how much the GOVERNMENT is doing for refugees in detention centres?

We hear what we want to hear.

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion… draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects

Francis Bacon, Philosopher

Before we make the blame, we need to step back and take a look at ALL of the contributing factors…

…role models

…environmental factors

…status in society

…wealth or poverty

…education

…and the media

The media changes our perceptions and emphasizes certain elements in society, leading us to be influenced in a particular way. What we need to realise is that the media is not intentionally trying to create an unrealistic body image or encourage rape, its role is to provide entertainment and information to its audiences.

The media will create, what we want to hear.


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2 responses to “The monstrosity that (potentially) is the media..

  1. This post has an impressive amount of referencing all relevant to your argument, helping readers ease into the post and keep up with your argument’s direction. I particularly enjoy the linked headings which portray social hysteria. Although adding humour (“With our small attention span (lower than a goldfish)…” can at times be effective, I don’t feel it is necessary in this argument. Rather than be sure you are analysing both sides fairly, it portrays your post as slightly biased. Overall you make very effective points and back them with evidence. My only other critique is the layout of this particular post is a bit messy. Perhaps enlarge the writing and keep it consistent? and focus on having larger paragraphs rather than sentences placed ‘here and there’.

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