Media 's Influence On The Media

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Research Topic Proposal
Maria Gamez and Ross Warner
Andrews University

Statement of the Problem
The “Media” or medium is defined and described by encompassing television, music, radio, Internet and the newspaper to effectively communicate to populations worldwide. With all these mediums to ensure communication and information to communities globally, it has become a great staple in how many conduct their lives and communicate to others. While many would suggest that we are to not believe everything we read or see, could that mean that it has the ability to have a negative effect on some? And if so what age, demographic or social group could be considered to be more vulnerable to these effects?
Melissa A. Milkie (1999) writes that, “researchers have suggested that one reason why people are so critical of the media is that the media distorts reality and reflect groups in distorted ways (p. 198). This is very much true, especially in magazines, when people try to photo chop girl’s bodies. For example, in a magazine you can see that a girl is photo chopped, but in reality the girl is just like us. They have birthmarks, scars, and a little more weight then what the picture is showing. This is where the trust is removed for some and how vulnerable girls believe that this is how a girl’s body should look like. Melissa A. Milkie (1999) also writes that, “most of the respondents were critical in that they said media images of girls were not realistic at all, and…

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