The Influence of Mass Media on the Young Male Image Essay

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Mass media creates a stereotype promoting an image of how a young man should act, appear, or resemble in today's society. The media has a great influence over what we view and hear as a society and it can have an effect especially on a younger men and the image that they want to portray. Moreover, the media has a lot to do with the image we perceived in our minds and young men are easily perusable by what they see or hear. With the media flooding negative influence, it builds up to having this negative effect on younger men by how they look and feel about themselves and others. Furthermore, a man even a younger one is not to expose their vulnerabilities, weaknesses or to even to display emotions such as love and fear. In addition, …show more content…
While young men in the media are portrayed as having the characteristics described above, they are discouraged to portray other physical characteristics. However, Lyness states that, “Guys put enough pressure on themselves, but what about the pressure society puts on them to be perfect? It used to be that only girls felt the pressure of picture-perfect images, but these days the media emphasis on men's looks creates a sense of pressure for guys, too. And sometimes that "as-advertised" body is just not attainable" (par 5). Furthermore, it could give a younger male viewer a false sense on what is considering being a normal self-mental image. Another example how the media creates this false image in younger males minds is by the programs that air over the networks helping create this false image in younger male generation. Comparably, in Michael Abernethy article about Male Bashing on TV, he describes how this bashing is affecting men of all ages, "The jokes have become standard fare," he says. Abernethy is describing how younger men are the butt of all jokes and that how by, "Looking at a handful of sitcoms makes the situation seem relatively insignificant, but when those sitcoms are combined with dozens of negative ads, which repeat frequently, then a poor image of men is created in the minds of viewers" (Abernethy, 14). With this, Abernethy is pointing out how the media is influencing