Killing Us Softly Film Analysis

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Jesse Erbacher

Influence of the Media Assignment

The Movie Killing Us Softly (2010) sends the message that the media and advertisements are trying to paint a picture of the world that just isn’t true. The movie talks about how images of people, particularly women, are changed and modified digitally so that the women who view it will feel inadequate. The media will then bombard us with these advertisements trying to create a social norm and setting a standard that just isn’t possible at times. The values the ads try to instill upon the world are that it is more important to a person to have a good exterior, rather than a good interior. The world is therefore taught to hate their bodies and the way they look in order to be a better consumer of products to counteract these insecurities. Companies then turn the world into a giant yellow page by plastering ads everywhere you look, so it’s harder to escape. (154 words)

For me personally, I think the effects of advertising and the media distorted what I thought the ideal women looked like and acted like. I think when everyone starts to discover an interest in women (or men) they start to have a mental check list of likes and dislikes. Because of the media at a young age I thought that I was supposed to like tall, big breasted women, who liked sports, beer, and partying because those are the things that I liked and things that girls in movies I liked. As I got older I realized that outer beauty can fade with age for the women I was interested in as well as for myself. Inner beauty however, seems to be the thing that I have most sought after because it still remained after all is said and done. I feel that by being interested in a women’s personality has in turn made me more desirable because I am no longer just a shallow d-bag only interested in one thing. I still don’t mind the sports and beer part, as long as it comes with a sense of humor and a personality. (193 words)

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