The Media Effects American Culture

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The media is the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines that reach or influence people widely. The growth of the media has spread vastly over the years. The media is also known as a “channel of mass communication.” “Mass Media incorporates all those mediums through which information is distributed to the masses. These include advertisements, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet” (Sebastian). The media introduces many new things to the public, both positive and negative. The media harms the American culture by creating these celebrity idols, the glorification of violence, sex, and drug and alcohol abuse. The media positively affects the American culture by the quick and easy flow of …show more content…

We buy what we are told to be good, after seeing thousands of advertisements we make our buying decisions based on what we see on television, newspapers or in magazines to be a product we can trust and also based on what everyone else that we know is buying and their decision are also based on the media. The media can promote things like health issues, racism & sexism, and many other things. The media helps raise awareness towards the public about certain issues and what people can do to help. On the Internet, with the click of a button, we can learn and educate ourselves on almost anything we need to know. Also, television programs, magazines, and books can teach us things. There are many social networking sites such as, Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter that create a mass communication circle for everyone in the world to have access to communicate with one another. The news and newspaper lets America stay connected with the world and what is going on around it. We rely so much on the news and websites like Google to educate us and help us stay aware or what is happening, not only in our area of living, but everywhere else. Without mass media our world would be completely disconnected. We would not have the knowledge that we do now and there would be no advances in technology or ways of


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