The Era of Media: Good or Bad?

by Emily (Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA) on 2015-01-31 19:15:30 PDT
shutterstock_116101690When you pause at the cashier in a supermarket, you often see flashy tabloids with catchy headlines about the scandals of celebrities. When you scroll down a website, you notice the forever-replaying ads that advocate the so-called popular and correct beliefs. Media seeps into almost every aspect of our lives and sometimes even forms our own opinions for us.

It is true that media has opened up windows of countless sources for the latest news, gossips, and rumors. The Internet, newspapers, magazines, and commercials circle our lives with abundant information. However, are these pieces of information always useful, true, and worth believing?

In fact, media is sometimes a tempting trap that most people fall for. And these people can be split into two categories:
  • People who live for celebrities: These people devote a large amount of their time to a famous someone’s dramas and personal lives. But the celebrities mean nothing to them personally.
  • People who live for public opinions: This type of people troubled with their body image, academic or work performance, or suffocating pressure. The media creates a “perfect” figure that they rely on and try desperately to become. For example, the girls who stop eating to achieve the skinny body that the society highly values.
The media has taken over people’s lives. It is important for us to distinguish between the trustworthy and worthless information. In the book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, the ALS-stricken yet wise, serene, and content professor, Morrie, says, “The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. ”

Media will continue it’s profound influence on ours lives. It’s up to you to take or to be taken.

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