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Media Standard

Today’s society is centered on media rather it be broadcasting media, print media, mass media, or social media. Media is the center of it all. The media is our way of staying up to date on the latest news, passing and receiving information, basically keeping our lives in motion. The media has the ability to create social norms. One social norm that rubbed writer/director of the documentary “Miss Representation” Jennifer Seibel Newsom the wrong way was the misrepresentation of women in the media. The main claim or argument behind “Miss Representation” is that woman now days are being judged only on their appearance rather then their knowledge, achievement, and or power.
This social norm has affected women of all
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The point Newsome is trying to get across is the media is solely focused again on looks and not anything else. Jennifer Pozner says it best during her interview for the documentary “If the media is so derogatory towards the most powerful women in the country then what does it say about the medias ability to take any woman in America seriously.” (INSERT TIME)

While Jennifer Newsom is correct with her argument about women being misrepresented in media she overlooks the fact that men are also misrepresented. The answer as to why looks mean everything in today’s society is media. Media is the cause of low self esteem among young teenage girls worrying about their image. Newsom including teenage girls and their opinions on the effect of media really impacts her argument. The teenagers in the documentary will connect with many young female teenagers because they’re in the same boat. They are insecure about their weight, and or they put a couple pounds of makeup on their face each day. They all try to match up with media’s definition of beauty. Getting on social network in the spring I saw a girl posted a collage picture of herself in a bikini with a picture of a model in a bikini with caption “working hard to get this body before summer starts #perfectbody.” The model of course looks absolutely unhealthily skinny while the ordinary girl looks healthy, but not quite as skinny as


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