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People all over the world use the media everyday. Whether it's using a computer, watching TV, reading a newspaper, talking on the phone or listening to the radio, media is a way to communicate. Through the media, you can find out about important news, listen to your favorite music or watch your favorite TV show. But there are also negative sides of the media that can be especially harmful to teens like you.. Did you know that if you watch more than two hours of TV each day, you have a higher chance of being obese when you grow up? If you are sitting in front of the TV or computer, you are probably not exercising. Getting enough exercise is key to staying healthy and preventing obesity. inadvertently affects the way they think and feel about themselves. This affects teenagers in such a crucial way because they are always questioning their identity, and the media is always there to answer those questions either in a positive or negative way. The Media

Can we trust the media? We cannot and should not trust the media. The media lies to us on a daily basis in everything from simple advertising to news stories, the media offers us false hope and creates a culture of fear that can be seen all around us, and the media blinds us from real issues that affect the world. Even Adolf Hitler once said,” Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” (Adolf). Adolf Hitler was responsible for the genocide of approximately fourteen million European Jews during World War 2. He led this extermination by promoting anti-British propaganda through the media of Germany. This just goes to show how seriously misled we can become if we trust the media.

Firstly, we must determine what is the media exactly? All media are constructions of reality that have powerful, yet subtle, social implications (MacPherson). These social implications influence how we think, shop, dress, behave, judge other people and feel about ourselves (ibid). This means something as simple such as a magazine article can actually change the way a person feels about themselves. These covers usually depict a beautiful, young, thin, successful model holding some sort of product. This gives the consumer the implication that if they buy that product they will look like a beautiful, young, thin, successful model. This is an obvious lie, since no product in the world today can actually alter a person’s looks or somehow make them more successful. The corporation that created the product is lying to the public just so they could sell more of their products. The media even lies to us in things such as news stories. News stories usually show African-American males committing some sort of crime ranging from fraud to armed robbery even though there are just as many ,if not more, Caucasian people involved in crime (Freedom). If one were to ask why they decided to lie to the public like this, they would deny it and say that they were simply choosing what they reported on. This is completely unfair not only to the public as a whole but also to African-Americans since it promotes a fake stereotype that says all African-Americans are criminals and should not be trusted. This will lead to segregation and discrimination towards black people. Eventually, if the discrimination continues, violence will erupt and there will be killings on both sides.

Secondly, the media offers us false hopes and creates a culture of fear that can be seen all around us. Advertising nowadays is filled with young, beautiful celebrities gracing the covers of magazines, billboards, and appearing in television commercials all promoting some sort of product. They give the consumer the idea that if they do buy the product, they can become beautiful and famous. This is of course a sick lie generated by corporations and perpetuated through the media. “Some of the best creative minds are employed to ensure our faith in the corporate...
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