Social Media And Its Effect On Society

2092 Words Jul 29th, 2016 9 Pages
To quote Jim Morrison, “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” this quote continues to reign true in the 21st century through mass media being pushed and pumped into society whether through television, advertisements, marketing or social media. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and SnapChat are all popular social media outlets utilized by individuals from many different backgrounds and age groups. These social media outlets are not subjective to gender, race, or class but they still affect those that utilize them. Much of the media today shapes how many people, specifically women, are expected to live and be perceived. In much of these social media outlets one can log in and view on the “popular page” images of women, both famous and normal, who are deemed by members of society to be the ideal. These ideal beauty images subjugate many if not all individuals who view them in some way shape or form. While some of the effects can be positive it is the negative effects that are detrimental.
Not only is it bad enough that we as a society are subjected to viewing social media and its effects from one another it is mass marketing and mass media that also controls and affects us as well. One may say that if you don’t want the negative effects, don’t engage. While that is simple for social media there is little to nothing one can do to escape messages put out in everyday life through advertisements such as billboards, bus ads, radios, television, even the toys and games…
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