The Influences Of Mass Media On Society

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The Influences of Mass Media on Society

For the greater majority of the American society, the presence of mass media is

a "normal" part of everyday lives. With the purpose of mass media being to educate,

entertain and inform, the excessive violence, self imaging, and lack of full detail on

world events, is having negative influences and unhealthy impacts on society.

As early as the 1920s, a form of the media has been present in the American society.

Although broadcasted content was limited and not as popular as present day, for

some homes, it was a source of entertainment and information "From 1921 to 1924,

there were only 500 licensed media radio stations. By the 1940s (1930-1940), at least

83% of homes possessed a radio"(Smith, 2014,paragraph 2&3, Radio: The Internet of

the 1930 's). The negativity of certain broadcasting posed as a concern, even in the

early years. As Smith explained, "But the new technology also raised anxieties.

Observers worried about the propriety and taste of the radio programs that would

penetrate the sanctity of the home"(Smith, 2014,paragraph 2&3, Radio: The Internet

of the 1930 's).

Experts such as L.Rowell Huesmann, has researched and studied the relation

between mass media promoted violence and violent tendencies among the

The Influences of Mass Media on Society

individuals subjected to such violence. "Numerous experimental studies, many

statistic observational studies, and a few longitudinal studies…
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