The Mass Media Has an Adverse Effect on Moral Standards. Do You Agree?

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In the last 50 years the media influence has grown exponentially with the advance of technology, first there was the telegraph, then the radio, the newspaper, magazines, television and now the internet. Although, these products were introduced with the intention of informing, educating and entertaining at the beginning, in my opinion they abused their position of power and that caused serious problems in moral standards. In the first place media, mostly television, has violent effect on people by providing devastating images of war and death such as action and horror movies that clearly shows murdering as an entertainment. Not to mention it can become traumatic especially in children that are starting to grow and are shaping their personality values and beliefs can become aggressive or they can lose a sense of reality and fiction of what they are seeing. Furthermore, people are exposed with the advertising that makes billions of dollars for media. Teenagers in particular buy what their favorite celebrity advertise and what is acceptable by society based on the fashion that the media has imposed them. While young people are in a stage of life where they want to be loved and be successful, the media creates the ideal image of beautiful men and women to them. Needless to say that they can lose their own personality with blind following of celebrities and losing confidence about what they really are. The fact that society depends on information and communication to maintain its standards contradicts the idea that the media has negative influence on moral standards. However people daily lives are relied on the media to get the current news and facts about what is important and what they should be aware of. In conclusion, despite the fact that media is an inseparable requirement to improve our moral standards, it needs a revision to reach the goal of supporting our principles.
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