Mass Media Effects

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Alec Overstreet
English 221
October 21, 2010

Mass Media Effects

The mass media has a great influence that could be harmful to younger generations, and the government or television/computer producers should make changes in their media so the influence does not affect the children of the future. “The best thing about the mass media is that it immediately provides us with the latest information about the things happening around us. Mass media reports news from all the fields such as politics, sports, international relations, wars, natural calamities, meetings, entertainment. (Charlie S., www.buzzle.com) There are many pros in mass media, or positive effects. “Pros of Mass Media: The wide reach offered by mass media is phenomenal. It can target a global audience. Certain types of media have a loyal fan following. Television, movies, Internet and the radio are some of the best forms of entertainment. Mass media can be used for educational purposes in an effective manner.” (Kashmira Lad, www.buzzle.com) A great example of positive television is CNN. CNN is a national show that takes problems in the nation and tries to solve these problems by talking to officials involved with the situation. There are many other positive shows for children like shows on Nickelodeon and Disney. While some people speculate these shows may have some “hidden messages”, like movies “Aladdin” and “Cinderella” the shows are still for children and educate children. There are many cons in mass media, or negative effects. “Cons of Mass Media: A particular event or a celebrity may receive undue importance and set wrong ideals before the youth. It may present a showy lifestyle, which may instill wrong ideals between young children. Misleading messages may again divert young minds towards a wrong path. Certain types of mass media such as newspapers or leaflets have a very short shelf life.” (Kashmira Lad, www.buzzle.com) One great example of the televisions negative shows includes “The...
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