Neil Postman in Chapter 1 of "Amusing Ourselves to Death" aims to show how the television can manipulate a person 's decision in politics, religion, education and turn those into entertainment. Even today Postman’s ideeas stand strong and it is true that if an information is entertaining the viewer will not look at the autenticity or what the origins of it are. Probably as expected, the more the technology advances, the more the manipulation from the television is taking place. This is done by: changing how people think, making their brain numb by not allowing them to have an opinion and interfering in their family life and in people decision-making process. The only way to save ouselves from living under the control of the television is simply
During an average week, how much television does the average child watch? Parents, educators, and concerned citizens alike would be appalled at the answer of 1,480 minutes (BLS American Time Use Survey, A.C. Nielsen Co.). They would also be revolted by the statistic that 54% of four to six year olds would rather spend time watching television instead of spending time with their fathers (BLS American Time Use Survey, A.C. Nielsen Co.). In 1984, Neil Postman saw how devastating television watching was becoming to the culture of America, and gave a speech to the literary community at the 1984 Frankfort Germany Book Fair entitled “Amusing Ourselves to Death” which deals directly with this monolithic issue. Although the speech and subsequent article, published in Et Cetra, were directed at the publishers, writers, illustrators, etc., all those who read this article can also benefit from Postman’s overarching desire to decrease the hours of mind-numbing television watching. Through his successful use of ethos, logos
The main objectives in chapter 9 include the ways media attempt to influence people’s attitudes, beliefs, and/or behavior, ways media technology can be disruptive and have adverse effects on behavior, the positive and negative influences of certain kinds of media, such as advertisements or reality television programs, on self-image. Even though media is a great outlet, media has changed our generation causing effects on self-image and human interactions. Because of its pervasiveness in American culture, the media affects people in both obvious and subtle ways.
In the 1920s, movies became the most popular form of American entertainment. No one expected these films, that were once only a couple seconds long, to influence history as much as they did. This addition of technology to the American lifestyle had the rich and the poor lined up to see the newest showings. The movies reflected American culture and personalities. The film industry made an outstanding increase when it changed location, met competition, and when it began adding sound and color.
In the article called “Violent Media is Good for Kids,” by Gerard Jones, a renowned comic- book author, is arguing that violent media can be helpful for children, rather than be overly harmful. Parents aren’t taking the time to really look at how helpful violent content could possibly be for their child. Yet, violence can help children learn how to reach for their own inner power that they may have never been able to find before. Furthermore, children as they grow up may even go towards violence that presents justice, rather than the negative types of violence. With this is learning of positive and negative violence, it can help them later on in their future choices. Also, children often need to experience some traits that go along with violence so that they can conditioning themselves to develop who they are going to become. Corresponding with this idea, thoughts of having powers or even the stories about having powers can help a child learn they can overcome any kinds of conflicts they may face externally or internally in life. Thus, also helps them with gaining dependence with themselves overtime. As well as with “creative violence”, this term that is correlated to the idea of helping children learn how to deal with rage and even be able to control it whenever life becomes challenging. Even though parents still may not see the appealed of letting their children be exposed to violent content due to the fear of them
Robert MacNeil wrote the article “The Trouble with Television”, because he is telling people that television is a bad thing. He says that it is addicting, it makes you lose your concentration, and it is a waste of time. In the article, it states by the age of 20 you will have exposed yourself to 20,000 hours of t.v. You can add 10,000 hours each decade. Robert states that instead of watching t.v. , you could be using that time to be doing something better with your life. Paragraph 9 states that 30 million adult Americans are functionally illiterate.
Youtube is full of potentials, especially giving opportunities for young upper comers. With youtube being available on such a big variety of devices, Big trending You tuber’s videos spread around the cities, countries and continents in a matter of minutes from uploading their video. With these big trending videos it creates jealousy and becomes an influences for teens to attempt these daring acts for fame. As Youtube’s popularity is get getting more and more popular the standards of a video to go viral keep getting higher and higher, thus people nowadays attempt to do bigger more dangerous things just for attention.
Today television plays a big role in many people’s life, especially for children. It is hard to imagine a world without television. Thanks to the development of technology, television is invented, and considered as a great medium that provokes imagination, encourages education, and entertains the children around the world. Television can also be a beefy influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior (Bee, 1998). Besides considering some benefits, some people believe that this telecommunication medium creates many problems to the kids. To attract the audiences, many movies and series have a tendency to contain more uncensored violent scenes. Numerous children spend too much time on watching television each day, and their parents cannot control what kind of TV shows or videos that their sons or daughters are watching. Research reveals that exposure to violent media can result in aggressive attitudes and violent behavior in some children (Dr. Gail Gross). This paper, with the aim of providing parents an overview
Video games lower violent behavior, help relieve stress, and do not cause social problems. Teens play video games to take their stress out instead of causing real violence. Kids acting violently towards others, they will go home and they will take their action and frustration out on the type of games they are playing. Also, while teens play online, they build up social abilities, make new friends, and connect with other kids from around the world. Parents and/or guardians always say “stop looking at that screen and stop playing video games. It 's bad for you and your eyes and brain.” Most parents do not know that video games help teens with more than just burning brain cells.
The means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet, that reach or influence people widely. Sometimes, there are some violent acts appear in the show, that what we call violent media. Violent media has affected to lots of people, especially children. But not only children, sometimes, an adult can also been affected by violent media too. And violent media can make them become different with the person they are always every day.
In this advance era, mass media plays a significant role towards all of us and we can truly admit that mass media is one of the basic essenssial that used by everyone in their daily life. Generally, mass media is a print and electronic means of communication that spreads messages to the audiences and carries out information to the people in the society. Mass media can be divided into two categories, which is the print media include like newspaper, magazines, and books. Another mass media is the electronic media include like radio, television, and internet which is used by most of the people nowadays. Media is one of the most influential aspects of our lives. This is because the content of mass media is very powerful and it has become a agent of socialization which can shape people’s behavior or even influence the ways of how people think.
Movies can be used in various ways to create different moods and emotions in both a person’s growth and well being. People of all ages, use movies as a form of entertainment or even an activity to learn, which aids in the growth of brain activity. The different genres of movies, create different inclines and declines in an individual 's mood, depending on the program they are viewing. Specific films can have different effects on people depending on their background, interest, and personality. Movies have a significant impact on people’s physical and psychological states; negative effects include more aggressive and destructive behaviors, whereas positive effects include making viewers more lighthearted and enhancing productivity within their thought process.
This review study shed light on the debate over positive and negative aspects of media. In this study positive side of media is highlighted as well as negative effects. Previously researchers have found that all types of electronic media whether its TV or computer or internet or social media have negative impact on children but now researchers are focusing on educational aspect of media and how educational programs can help in developing cognitive thinking among children. Finally to increase learning among children researchers suggests that co-viewing of Parent and children should be promoted in families in Pakistan.
As what was mentioned on the three paragraphs above, researches have shown that television changes people’s behavior and how it able to propagandized the society through advertisements. Just like the television, the social media poses negative threats to the society such as cyber-bulling and how it shapes ones idea to have suicidal thoughts and making them believe that suicide is the only way to resolve problems. The radio also plays an important role in shaping the people’s idea. As radios don’t have visual contents, it all depends on how attentive the people are towards the radio as the lack of attentiveness may lead to the wrong information and audience may have different views or ideas about certain things. The researches given in this essay are evidence to show that mass media plays an important role in people’s life and how it able shapes the people’s idea. More research needs to be done to show that there are other factors other than what was mentioned above that could shape ones idea. However, other people may have different opinions about it. I would conclude that even though mass media can influent people’s idea, it all depends on how an individual uses these mediums to shape their