The Media in Question

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple”

Think about the time you spend with the media, consider how you feel as you use it and reflect upon the things you are told directly or visually.

The media is a fantastic source of information and a great way to stay connected. But how does the media affect its audience. Some believe that playing a violent video game or watching a violent television show is more likely to evoke a violent response in the subjects, specifically children, I personally believe we should look to the individual. There capabilities and backgrounds and determine their behaviour that way.

The ‘media effects model’ tells us that children are inadequate, they are inadequate to make accurate and realistic judgements? Does this extend to the adolescent population?  (

While doing research for this particular blog post I came across a video. This video inspired me to consider the effects the media has directly upon adolescent females and males. The video tells us that 3 out of 4 girls reading a ‘glamour’ magazine within three minutes will feel depressed about the size of the model, the clothes the model is wearing and their beauty. Of course this may very well extend to the male population but as a female I have no firsthand experience of this.  It struck me that the time spent using forms of media, including social media has a direct impact on a person’s well being; in fact 31% of girls starve themselves in order to be skinnier.

However it is rare that a magazine glamour shot has not been doctored, “While the vast majority of images of women are being digitally altered, so are our perceptions of normal, healthy, beautiful and attainable.

Although some forms of media recognise the effects photo shopped images have on their readers and now dedicate sections of their magazine to real people with untouched images.

I feel it is important for people to remember the media portrays a representation that can rarely be translated into reality.

What I am trying to say is that beyond what the media conveys, there is a whole other playing field. Do you question what you are told or do you in blind faith listen intently to the news or read your magazines or news paper in order to get a fix on what’s happening in the world.

Do you take this all at face value or do you look beyond what you has been dictated to you?


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