Media and Its Responsibilities

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Mass Media: A platform to give strength to the weak or a loaded gun in the hands of humanity? “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth…because they control the minds of the masses” (Malcom X, 2012). Media has responsibilities and these responsibilities need to be clarified and upheld by society. Unfortunately, media today does not abide by moral standards, which in turn sends mixed messages to our society. Often times these messages are demoralizing, desensitizing, and false. Young people and adults alike are trying to navigate through their lives and through the world with a broken compass. The role media plays in issues such as self-worth, bullying, and suicide need to be addressed and revised. I will discuss media and …show more content…
This particular area of mass media truly transforms those beings into virtuous creatures. This transformation is then shared across the nation through mass media. I would say this is that perfect meeting point between mass media and virtue ethics. When these two things collide great things happen; thus, making known a limit and virtuous ethics standard for public broad casting. Most of the contestants have dealt with self-worth issues, bullying, and some have even had suicidal thoughts. These people were able to confront the lies they told to themselves and the lies told to them from media, and stand up victorious at the end of the battle.
Are people not connected to one another to bring each other up, instead of bashing one another down? According to Gerber (2005), media is linked to depression and low self-esteem due to thin airbrushed images of men and women streamed out to the real world (as cited in Hass et al, 2012). This makes on think about the characteristics of the people responsible for the material produced and released from mass media. In a society of ‘everything goes’, standards and legacy’s to live by have been placed on the back burner and the generation of today is suffering for it. Virtues are associated with learned skills. This might also make one ponder about the ‘virtues’ humanity is learning. According to the National School Safety

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