Influence of Visual Media
Paul Kilpatrick Media and American Culture/HUM/176 6/4/2012 Instructor: Patricia Singh
For over a hundred years, some form of visual entertainment media has deeply impacted our society’s culture and values. Movies, for example, are sometimes designed to evoke a particular feeling or make us evaluate our personal and social values (Media and Culture Ch. 6). Movies like Bowling for Columbine and Super-Size Me, tell a story based on someone’s personal experience or view on a particular topic; in this case, these two films are designed to make a person think about our social, political, and health standards in this country. Other times, movies are designed to simply entertain by telling a story that makes a person laugh or cry. Television, another example, has been a constant source of visual entertainment since the 1950’s providing news on current events, reminding us of our past, providing us with comedy, drama, and reality entertainment. Plus, television has provided a forum for politics, allowing republicans, democrats, and independents to voice their opinions on the state of our country and how to manage it. Television has always been criticized for promoting violence, sex, teen pregnancy, and our country’s growing obesity problem, but television has also been a way of bringing this country together and giving Americans the ability to open our minds to social and cultural changes like the civil rights movement and to draw strength from tragedy like the Kennedy Assassination or the Space shuttle Challenger explosion (Media and Culture Ch. 6). There have always been pros as well as cons to visual media entertainment. In this day and age it is difficult to gauge whether the pros out way the cons because of all the...
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