Mass Media and its effects on todays society Essay

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I wanna be a Nickelodeon kid!” the five year old chanted and swayed along with the hyper-colourful cavorting youngsters on the commercial. Even after the TV was off, she hopped around the room proclaiming her desire to belong to the Nickelodeon network. We know the girl didn’t realize what she was saying, but it’s an excellent example of how malleable human beings are. Television is an unprecedented powerful medium, combining rapid sight and sound in a way that has a tremendous and impacted psychological effect. Companies wouldn’t pay millions of dollars for a 30-second commercial during major sporting events like the Olympics if this weren’t the case. Adults may not run around their living rooms chanting “I wanna drive a Land cruiser!”…show more content…
Why is it that millions of cinema-goers will flock to see “Saving Private Ryan” or “Black Hawk Down” for a simulation of the same experience that caused millions of war veterans post-traumatic shock and severe depression? When I recently decided to watch the latest reality TV show, I was surprised at how drained and listless I felt afterwards. Apart from the dreary, unintelligible show’s content; the lethargic state was simply the effect of the screen experience on a human body. You don’t notice it until you’ve fasted from visual media for a good long while, but it is powerful. It’s a completely different feeling from finishing a book, or coming inside from gardening, or sitting around a table after a good meal. It fosters a laziness and dullness of being that I can’t imagine is healthy in large doses. The screen is a strange thing. It takes our minds and turns them from active filters into passive absorbers. When the music swells, tears exit our ducts; when the characters say a funny line, we obligingly chuckle; when they begin to kiss or undress, our eyes widen and our pulses quicken. These are the logical human responses to such stimuli, and the producers not only know it - they make astronomically large amounts of money exploiting them. We’ve all excused our participation in modern entertainment. We can concede it a special space as a cultural medium perhaps by calling it an art form (“Hey, it must be quality if the Academy nominated it for an award”), or by
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