Have you ever noticed that every time you turn on the news the first thing you hear is something negative? As you continue to read the news the amount of negative stories significantly outnumbers the positive ones. When you watch a movie there is violence and questionable content in 90% of the movies you watch.
When you view advertisements they are filled with sexual messages and other subliminal strategies that convince you to buy the product. The majority of video games have violence, sex, and highly questionable content that is unsuitable for children and adults. The amount of negativity goes on and on which allows the media to shape our minds and attitudes. We are so bombarded with negativity that is important to be aware of the effect that media has on us and condition ourselves to constantly seek other perspectives instead of blindly accepting what we hear in the media.
Prolonged exposure to negativity has a adverse effect on our thought processes and on our society, yet mass media is a powerful influence over our actions. The unfortunate part is the sources, such as Time Warner, which produce media see it as a source of profit and political influence without giving any thought to the impact it has on our lives.
1How Media Affects Your Life
Challenge yourself to write down your day's events and at the end of the day sit back and take a look at how much media you were exposed to during the day. Here is what the scenario might look like:
- You get up in the morning, make coffee, and turn on the TV or Internet to get the latest news. The opening stories are negative and as you go on the majority of the stories are negative.
- On you way to work you are bombarded with media over the radio, advertisements for products you do not really need; you pass multiple fast food places with ads, then you may see a skinny model on a billboard that promotes designer clothing. Your trip to work is riddled with conflict which includes negative and positive news, the pressure to eat junk food, and the pressure to be skinny.
- During the day you are exposed to negativity when you are performing computer tasks that require the Internet. When you go to lunch you see negative stories on the front pages of publications on the newsstand. All around you there are people with mobile media devices.
- On your way home you stop at the grocery store and are bombarded with media as soon as you walk in the door with televisions promoting the latest junk food product. When you reach the checkout line the first thing you see are the gossip tabloids tearing someone to shreds on the front page.
- When you get home you turn on the TV to negativity again, perhaps watch a violent movie, and someone in your family may be playing a video game w...