Introduction to Mass Communication
Workshop Five, 5.4
Finding Theory in Modern Life
January 28, 2013
I have read and understand the plagiarism policy as outlined in the University Catalog and this module as it relates to the IWU Honesty/Cheating Policy. By affixing this statement, I certify that I have not cheated or plagiarized in the process of completing this assignment. If it is found that cheating and/or plagiarism have taken place, I understand that the consequences of this action may include expulsion from Indiana Wesleyan University.
I chose Mass Society Theory. The definition that our text book gives Mass Society Theory is the idea that media are corrupting influences; they undermine the social order, and “average” people are defenseless against their influence. The book gives a brief synopsis of this theory in which it is discussed that media is basically dangerous to the average everyday people.
I chose this theory because I do think media has had a lot of negative influence on people in the past, present and will continue to in the future. I think that the media makes women feel less than. What I mean by that is that women and as well as girls are severely pressured by the media to look a certain way. The body structure we are shown over and over that is appealing is very slender. This seems to be the goal of most females today. Women are killing themselves with eating disorders, fad diets, diet drugs, and excessive exercise trying to meet the media standard. The women who do not fit into this category often suffer from low self-esteem and depression.
I also think the media has