December 8, 2011
Communication through Media
Media is a BIG part of communication today. Business owners, political candidates, singers/songwriters and even sports team managers try to influence us and shape our views through advertising in media. People will do/say anything to get your attention. Kids today watch television and play video games more then they play outside, the computer is used as a main source of information instead of books, and when was the last time you walked outside and didn’t see someone on their phone. Since a lot of today’s society is sucked into technology, this has become an issue.
According to television and health, 99% of households in the U.S. contain at least one TV and the average number of TV sets per household is 2.24. TV is one of the main sources for people to get their product out there. According to Television and Health the number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children is 3.5, but the number of minutes per week that a child watches television is 1,680. It is one of the main types of media in our society that influences decisions and helps to inspire the kids in today’s culture, and most messages sent through the television are not having a positive effect. Advertisements for beauty products, muscle builders, and different clothes are making everyone feel inadequate. This causes children to grow up in depression, or hating the way they look because they cant look the “models” on TV. Also, I feel like every other commercial is about condoms, or a different beer that’s better then the rest. This also gives kids the idea that it’s ok to do those kinds of things. According to Television and health the average number of murders a kid sees on TV before finishing elementary school is 8,000, and the number of violent acts seen by a person before age 18 is 200,000. This could possibly be where all the violence in today’s society is coming from! The things kids see on TV today is influencing them in the wrong direction.
The second type of communication through media that has a big influence on today’s society is the computer/internet. Back in the older days, even when I was still a kid, instead of saying “let’s Google it” someone would say lets look it up and they would go to the library. The Internet can be a useful source of information that can provide us with accurate or inaccurate perceptions. Whenever we get on the computer we usually go to websites that allow us to connect with other people (facebook, twitter, etc) or listen to music, something that will entertain us. But as we go to these websites we also tend to click on other websites. There are usually advertisements all over these websites. Also, we go to blogs or different websites for information, where we can easily be mislead to believing something that is not true. However, most people today think “its on the internet, so it must be true.”) The information we receive via email or any other form on the internet is only as reliable as the source.
The last part of communication through media is our cell phones. Most people today have smart phones that allow them to be on the Internet, watch movies, get music, etc. Texting and calling are not the only ways to communicate with a cell phone today. Since this is the case, we, in my generation and below, have more trouble talking face to face with people. We have more trouble with confrontation. This is because we allow our cell phone to be a barrier between us and the other person. It’s not just the cell phone that hinders us from face to face communication its all of technology, but the cell phone is our main source of communication today.
Media is a big part of the way people communicate with the world. The communication can be bad and it can be good. Kids today watch television and play video games more then they play outside, the computer is used as a main source of information instead of books, and when was the last time you walked outside and didn’t see someone on their phone. We need to work together and also work with the companies, and the children of today’s society toward the communication of good messages and the extinction of the negative messages.