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Jessica Jane Tomlinson
Hum/186
Jan/24/2012

Mass Media

Why do we dress the way we do, watch what we watch or even live the way we do? Through our means of entertainment, it is almost a guide in how one should live their life. We are persuaded to believe what is right and what is wrong. Although we create our own world, our thoughts were imposed upon us since the day we are born. We see images on the television and we will do anything to look like that certain someone. In society, our influences on one another have gone beyond ideas for simple living. Instead of helping us live more efficient and healthy lives, the media almost makes our decisions for us about our own personal preferences. It’s great that we have such a variety of choices, some ideals in our culture are pressed upon us so heavily and are sometimes even demanded of us that they could leave us with no choice at all. Mass media is forms of communication that is written, broadcast, or spoken- that reaches a large audience. This includes radio, advertising, movies, the internet, newspapers, magazines, and so forth. Mass media is what affects our society's perception of ourselves and others and influences the structures of our society as well as the reactions of the individual. Americans perceive the political, economic, class, educational, and other structures of American society because of the media. The American understanding of these structures within its society as well as those structures outside of the United States are manipulated and directed by the media. The media influences the perceptions of individuals within American society by what and how the media is communicating Mass media plays a predominant role in todays’ society and has continued to change over the years. The first step forward for the last century was in the 1920’s with the blossom of radio and film. The signals were weak and the movies made were silent but through the coming years improvements came...
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