The Truman Show Analysis

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Exploring Media Impact in The Truman Show
Watching The Truman Show, one can easily begin to notice underlying social issues portrayed throughout this film. Social constructions are obvious throughout the environment of the film. Habitualization and internalization become relevant theories when observing the audience who play a large role in the movie. Focusing on theorists’ Berger and Luckmann, this review will critically analyze this theory of social construction, focusing on the impact media has in this film and universally in the United States of America.
Media as a Social Problem
Media is everywhere, a social aspect so critical to the economics of the United States often we do not even notice it’s constant presence. Advertisement is unescapable, thus can be a dangerous weapon. Looking at the media in the United States, one can be certain that current trends and standards are used as marketing tools to suggest whatever is being sold or reported on adds value to your life. Children grow up with false ideals of beauty, success, love, and happiness as a response to the overflow of product placement and media coverage in the country. From a very young age people begin to internalize these social constructions blasted by the media and as children begin to age and mature we see these false ideals of happiness become measures of success in life. The Truman Show is a film focusing on a man who has spent his entire life living on live television, unbeknownst to himself.
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