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Media affecting ME

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Over this media journey I have learned a lot about myself as a person and about the world around me. I have become more aware of how people view things and what the main motivator that drives people is...money. As a critical thinker, I have been able to look at ads with more critique and I have been able to see past the phony catch phrases and persuasive logistics. I can see how advertisers try to use words and scenes that will appeal to me, as a teenage girl, things that used to work, but now don't, because I have learned to see past the tricks. My media habits have remained relatively the same, although I have been looking at everything I see online differently. When I see an ad with a girl campaigning Pepsi I no longer see Cardi B I see a way for both the advertiser and that girl to gain profit. Viewing everything I see with skepticism will help improve my media habits and make my relationship with media more healthy. Media literacy is important for consumers to have because we…

SUPERmodels.

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Who is in charge of the come and go of cultural norms? Famous supermodels or rich stars, that's who. Our society allows stars like Selena Gomez and supermodels like Alexis Ren tell us what is cool or what is not cool. What's so bad about that, people might think, I mean they have a lot of influence and can make a good change on the way society thinks. People like this are fueled by money and most of them will do whatever it takes to make the most amount of money they can. That even includes implying to young girls and boys that their body is the most important feature about them. Advertisers benefit from society thinking this way and will pay influencers to teach that message to their fans. Although they might not explicitly say that 'your body is more important than anything else you have to offer', they imply it by constantly advertising clothes and uploading Instagram posts that feature their body. They are teaching young children to do the same, value their body ab…

Strength is not how much muscle you have...

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There are certain stereotypes around men and women that have been around since the beginning of time. It's the idea that men are supposed to brave and strong while women are supposed to clean and be emotionally unstable. An idea that really frightens me about our society is that even nowadays men and young boys aren't supposed to be insecure and sad, the idea that they don't have gruesome emotions that tear down their egos. This is so not the case for every single male on this planet. We all feel emotions; pain, happiness, disappointment, just because someone is male shouldn't mean that their emotions are any less valid or important as a woman's. As a girl, I am "allowed" by society to show my emotions and tell people about what is going on in my head, but boys are not given the same resources and opportunities to open up and be honest about their feelings. It's an unfair idea and it can only get better when society can learn to accept that the braver…

Media takes a jab at anyone they can

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In most of the media we view, men are always the protagonists who save the day or who can fix any problem. This is partially caused by our past and the cultural significance of men in early societies. Men were always seen as superior to women and they thought they deserved more rights and jobs that women did. The idea that men are superior to women is something that is deeply rooted in our past because it was so closely followed and practiced. Today, media has done a pretty good job at portraying women as more than an object that belongs in a house. We have come a long long way in terms of freedom and rights for women, which is very good. But, there is still a problem in media with the basic idea of a man. Men are usually always masculine and the ones who aren't are considered nerds. There is a certain stereotype of men in media, that they have to be strong and protect others. This is a horrible message to feed to young boys. People seem to think that girls are the only ones with …

Influencers Influence

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People like Selena Gomez, Kylie Jenner, BeyoncĂ© and Cardi B run our social media platforms. They completely take over the media game and conquer what we have never thought was possible. These superstars are also called influencers and thats exactly what they do...influence. These specific women are powerful and independent and they influence their fans to be the same way. These are the positive aspects of the power that influencers hold. They have the ability to arise creativity in people as well as confidence. But, unfortunately, they also have the power to make viewers do bad things. For example, if one of your favorite influencers posted a video of them smoking, you would probably be more likely to try smoking as well. Its almost like a big brother or big sister dynamic, if someone you look up too and trust does something that is labeled as "bad" then it might not be so bad after all if they are doing it. This amount of power that certain influencers have can be very dang…

Gore is EVERYWHERE

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Violence and bloodshed. Why is something that is so unnatural to most humans now a suspenseful form of entertainment? Why have teens specifically been molded to like and accept violence in their shows, movies and games? Who has done this too us? Who knows. Are we just born with the will to see attacks and bloodshed or have we just gradually gotten more and more used to seeing it? If we are just born with a fascination of gore then its a perfect advertising technique for marketers to incorporate it into their product. But, if marketers have simply just added more and more violent scenes to their movies and shows because they know that viewers "need" it to be entertained, that is scary. Think about it, have you ever seen a movie that doesn't have some sort of violence it it? Even our family classics like Home Alone and Cinderella have violence throughout. It is incorporated into everything we watch because if it isn't there, then we aren't interested. This means th…

Insecurity is an advertisers best friend

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As teenagers, we naturally want to fit in but also be unique at the same time. Thats why being a teen is so hard, we are stuck in this limbo of finding ourselves. With the gleaming, centralized idea of the "perfect" teen floating around in all of our shows and ads, its almost impossible to ignore because we automatically compare ourselves to them. As for us girls, its the idea of the midriff that advertisers use to appeal to us. A midriff is basically a beautiful girl who can get along with boys well that advertisers love to throw into every show they want young girls to watch. When advertisers show insecure girls an idealized version of a young woman, it only adds to their natural insecurity. Why do advertisers do this? Because it keeps the young viewers coming back again and again. They know that teens are always attracted to whats bad for them and in this situation, its teens adding to their insecurities. I mean think about it, if you see someone who looks better than you…