To start off your internship at the Haveman Chronicle we’d like to get to know you better by hearing about times in your life when the mass media had a significant impact on your thoughts and/or behavior in a good or bad way. For example, did you every watch a violent movie as a kid and then want to go out and play fight with your friends? Or have you ever watched a movie about an exotic location and thought, “I’d really like to go there some day.’? Maybe you just watched a fast food commercial and though, “Man, I’m hungry.’ I remember one time I was watching one of the Fast and the Furious movies when I got a call from a family member that they were having a medical emergency and needed me to take them to the hospital right away. Let’s just say my driving may have been modestly influenced by the behavior I’d just seen on TV. From the significant to the mundane, give us examples of times when the mass media has had a noticeable affect on your thoughts, actions, or beliefs.
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Media has a huge impact on how people think and feel, one reason is because it is the fastest way you getting information. My mom and I just had a conversation about facebook, although facebook can be a reliable source of information, whether that information is true is another story. I have seen many posts where it is a long dramatic story that gets peoples heart racing and then at the end it says “it is a joke, congratulations for making it all the way to the end.” The fact is many people do not read all the ay to the end and that is the problem, we have to make sure what we are reading and believing is credible. Media also has a way of making a consumer want the product. On Christmas my aunt was watching television and a cruise commercial popped up, it was very exciting looking, at the end of the day my aunt ended up calling the number that was on the screen and booking the tickets. I thought she was crazy because she spend thousands of dollars and it was all because of one commercial. I am excited to learn more about the affects of media on culture and society this semester!
I am actually planning a cruise for next February. So thank you for influencing me to look it all up again haha!
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I am wondering if we watched the same commercial. There is a commercial for the Royal Caribbean cruise with a whole day at Coco Cay Island. Lets just say my husband and I were ready to book one based on that commercial alone and my family goes on a cruise end of February. Money aside, we immediately pulled it up online to see the costs, dates and destinations. The way you are drawn in makes your whole body happy.
That is the exact cruise my aunt is going on! Looks like they got a lot of peoples attention with their marketing strategy.
Got back sunday from that 7 day cruise… it is 100% worth every penny.
And now we ALL want to go on a cruise. This thread is definitely media influence. 🙂
When I think of the impact mass media has on my life, the first thoughts that come to mind are commercials, the news, and sports. Next are television sitcoms and movies. I mention television first, because of its frequency and ability to adapt scripts to current events. One of the earliest memories I have of mass media is sports. As a child, I was a Chicago Bulls fan. From the ages of 11 through 15, I probably watched every televised Bulls game from tip-off to final buzzer. As I write this, I can see and hear the introductions of the starting line-ups. When the Bulls played home games, they would turn off all the lights in Chicago Stadium as the team was introduced to the crowd. Ray Clay was the public address announcer. Michael Jordan always was introduced last. As MJ ran onto the court, Ray would say, “…at guard, from North Carolina, six-six, Myyyyy-Kallllll, Jooooorrrrr, Daaaaannnnn…”. I recall going out onto the basketball court after watching games, attempting to recreate what I witnessed on television. My friends and I would try to imitate Jordan’s moves, like the turn-around fade-away jumper. We even tried to duplicate the “spectacular move” down the lane against the Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals. This move coined by legendary announcer Marv Albert, involved Jordan switching hands with the ball, mid-air, while floating down the lane to score a basket. Ah-yes… mass-media at its finest. I remember we all wanted to drink Gatorade, wear Air Jordan’s, and be “Like-Mikeâ€.
I remember when I was very young, probably 8 years old, my siblings, some family friends and I watched Starwars, IV A New Hope. Let me just say there were a lot of plastic lightsaber fights after the movie. I believe it was a positive influence as we got a lot of exercise, both physically and mentally. We all believed we were characters from Starwars and I remember having a great time. I’m almost positive that after every Starwars movie we ever watched, it ended with the kitchen and living room being overrun by Jedi masters in pajamas with nerf guns and plastic lightsabers. Media certainly had a strong pull on our imaginations and we aimed to copy and live the same experiences as Luke, Han, Leia, and all the rest of the good characters.
Hi Caitlyn. I am now sure that we’ve all been seeing the same cruise commercial. While that commercial has definitely made me say that one day I will definitely be booking a cruise, I have yet to do so. Hopefully your Aunt will love it as much as Kelly did.
I have learned that the media plays a big part of our lives. One situation I found myself in is want, no really craving and needing a spicy Popeye’s spicy chicken sandwich. I found myself going to several Popeye’s chicken locations to find that the locations hand extra long lines or even worst was out of my current craving. This angered me so much. Mainly because the commercials did not state that the anything about the long lines, riots and and running out of the product. However the Nighty News did show all the problems customers endured.on a daily basic. This brings me back to pointing the finger back a me. I realize now that I allowed the pressures of Social Medial , talk and hearsay to influence me and my actions.
As a child, my favorite show or t.v station to watch was Animal Planet. My siblings absolutely despised me for it and always made a fuss when it was my turn with the t.v. I still remember the channel number– 184, even though I have not used Dish Network since middle school (10 years ago). I watched everything on that channel from The Crocodile Hunter to Dog Breeds 101. I specifically remember being very sad when Steve Irwin died and developed both a hatred and fear of stingrays. This past November, I went to Mexico for seventeen days to fly fish, snorkel and hunt for lobster; all of which put me in stingray habitat. The first day I got there my aunt warned me to “shuffle your feetâ€ when walking in the water close to the beach because “if you step on a ray they will stab youâ€. She later told me it is very rare, but it does happen and that her and her husband have never been stung and they have been coming here for years. However, the Polish man staying below us was stung twice in one week….. this did not help with my fear. Every time I stepped foot in the water all I could think about was Steve Irwin and getting impaled in my leg or foot. This had a negative impact on my trip because I had planed on fishing every day, but became too scared to walk in water, which was required to fish for what I was targeting.
The movie Nemo, had somewhat of the same affect, but with barracudas. I did not know they got as big as they did until this Mexico trip. Unlike the stingrays, the barracudas almost never harmed people. However, I watched one rip a fish I had caught in half while on a guided fishing trip on a boat. They have an unnecessary amount of teeth if you ask me. I was not scared of being killed by one, I was scared of being bit by one and if you have ever seen their mouths you would understand why. The last day I was in Mexico, I went lobster hunting. I saw two, but got zero. While I was out there swimming around I was stalked by a barracuda. It wasn’t big enough to make me get out of the water, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it and its absurd amount of teeth. It followed me for a good 30 minutes, but always kept its distance.
One last experience about how the media, more specifically a t.v show, has influence my thoughts and actions was when I was about 12 or 13 years old and I was watching Animal Planet. I can’t remember the title of the show, but it was about the monarch butterfly migration to Mexico or California. Literally millions of these butterfly’s would migrate to either California or Mexico to hibernate for the winter months. This show made me think about butterfly’s, more specifically, the monarch butterfly, because they are the only species of butterfly that migrates, due to the fact that they cannot withstand the cold winter temperatures of the places they summer and neither can their larvae. After seeing this show, I added the monarch butterfly migration to my bucket list of things to do and see. I had mostly forgotten about this until 4 days ago when I was scrolling through Instagram and saw millions of those butterfly’s gathered together in a spruce tree on one of my friends from high schools Instagram story. I already knew she was in Mexico so I didn’t even have to ask, but I did message her and told her the monarch butterfly migration is on my bucket list and I was very jealous.
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In today’s society, I think that NOT being influenced by media would almost be considered taboo. I, for one, am influenced by something I see in the media daily, especially through social media such as Instagram or Facebook. I spend more time on my phone than I care to admit, endless hours of scrolling through videos/pictures/ads catered to me. The FBI agent hiding in my phone really likes to remind me on Facebook, that this one time I was looking at $300 shoes. They like to remind me a lot, until I give in and click the link. I can’t even tell you how many times I have given in. Additionally, with the rising of social media influencers on platforms such as Youtube or TikTok, I often find myself trying out a new recipe at 3 in the morning or saving a video of a workout I’ll never attempt. Yes, I am a 28 year old adult scrolling through TikTok. Shameful, I know, but my friends said it was enjoyable so I had to find out. However, I think that’s exactly how the media influences us. We see things that appeal to us on television or the internet, or our friends tell us we just HAVE to try this out.
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I’m glad I’m not the only one who became accidentally addicted to Tik Tok. I also completely understand by what you mean by being sucked in to either Facebook/Instagram/Tik Tok. There’s always new content that seems exciting for .8 seconds, but the cycle never ends, which is when is starts to affect everyday life, and really show that media has a serious impact on us all.
I agree new media apps such as Tik Tok can be a serious detriment to how much I get done in a day. Social media seems to make my attention span shorter and shorter each day. I’m already somewhat of an inpatient person at times and the trolling videos on social media that make you wait till the end of a video to find out its nothing important makes me more mad than anything. The 8 second long videos don’t seem like that long until you’ve layed in bed for three hours after waking up just to realize yet again you’ve become sucked into a scrolling trance. Then irritated you wasted so much time you try to catch up all day long and the cycle never stops.
Hi Michaela. You’re not alone when it comes to trying out new recipes that you may have seen on FB or Insta. I have definitely done the same on both platforms. Guess the media really knows how to get us..through food!
For this discussion I am going to select a slightly different form of media than most would typically think of. Media is the plural form of medium, which broadly speaking, describes any channel of communication, such as print media, publishing, the news media, photography, cinema, broadcasting, and advertising. While most think of movies, T.V., and the news as media, there is another area which is very similar to movies; music videos.
Music videos are very artistic and can be subjectively compared similarly to the effort and application of artistry found in photography as well. They often portray a story or convey a meaning, and very recently a category of music has taken the world by storm with their incredible dancing, singing, and cinema level music videos which typically hold hidden messages and stories for viewers to decipher.
Have you guessed it yet? KPop. I’m sure some of you are groaning, but if I, a 30 year-old white woman who only listened to country music prior, can watch a Korean Pop music video with an open mind free from ignorance and biased preconceptions, most can. Actually, we quite literally all can, it’s just some choose to not be open to knew things which limits their experiences. Which is why I would challenge you all to watch ONE Kpop music video and be completely open to the experience; the music itself and visuals. The art and meaning found in it. Many may argue that they can’t understand the language, so why listen to it? That was my initial reason for not listening to other categories of music which wasn’t in English as well. But Kpop has proven that music transcends language. Art transcends language. Meaning and beauty transcends language. That is the impact and realization that Kpop had on me.
“Oh, it’s just another anime dork, go play Pokemon Go!” First, I’ve never liked anime or Pokemon Go, and I’ve never strayed from common western norms prior to this. Secondly, the universalized unity that Kpop is creating isn’t to be so unfairly trivialized. It is literally breaking down barriers and fostering cultural acceptance and knowledge. The first time I ever heard of Kpop was when I watched a random YouTube video which turned out to be the music video for BTS ‘Idol’. Since I had not heard the term Kpop before, I had no idea what I was about to watch, therefore I had no biased opinions or thoughts. When I say my mind was blown watching and listening to that music video, I MEAN my mind was blown. It was unlike anything I had ever heard or seen from western music. That day, I learned to be accepting of new experiences and cultures. I learned how music transcends language and cultures. How it fosters cultural acceptance and knowledge. Also, just as an FYI, Kpop has rapping as well and it is great for assisting in workouts. I can’t get through my gym days without it!
If YOU are willing to be open, accept different cultures, and willing to just experience music as you never have before, I shall provide some YouTube links. I would love to hear your thoughts on them and my post! (If you don’t “vibe” with one group, try the next. They all have their own style.But also pay attention to the visuals in the music videos.)
Unless you’re living off the grid (which means you’re probably not in this class), I’m guessing mass media influences us all in both positive and negative ways. One positive experience with mass media actually did change my life for the better. Twelve years or so ago, the show “The Biggest Loserâ€ was fairly new and super popular. At that time, I was considered obese. I randomly watched an episode of the show one night and it flicked a switch in my brain. Seeing people of similar body types working out and changing their life inspired me to do the same. I didn’t follow any extreme diets or dangerous workout plans like that show is notorious for, instead I focused on sustainable healthy habits, but that random show was enough to start a much needed fire in my motivation. I ended up losing 120 pounds and over a decade later, that weight has not returned. So while I can look at that show now and see that it’s trash and it sets people up for unreasonable expectations of weight loss, which could actually be a negative influence on people, it helped me in that moment twelve years ago when I needed a little extra push.
When watching a TV show, I tend to focus on its location. A personal favorite to watch is Blacklist. In the show, each case that the FBI is working on, usually entails the taskforce to travel to different states or countries. Even outside of this show, when watching movies with my husband, we find locations around the world that appeal to our hunger for traveling.
During Christmas, I watched a Christmas movie where the newly single woman traveled to Africa on a safari that she had booked for her and her soon to be ex-husband. Seeing the exotic animals and incredible views were intriguing to me. I had to watch it a second time with my husband to convince him that we needed to add Africa to our bucket list.
I have to admit that I have actually looked up the set of a TV show living room (okay, more than once) because of how much I liked the overall look I definitely think they know what they are doing in marketing T.V. shows. It’s not “just” entertainment, it is selling a lifestyle. Flattering, well put together outfits, hairstyles, houses that you can almost picture yourself living in…that is a job well done. Although the time I found my full grown adult friends jumping from bed to bed acting out flying “fight” scenes after watching the Matrix might have been more than the producers had envisioned eliciting! And now that I have kids, it is over the top obvious that all the toy manufacturers are riding the coattails of the latest movie.
Having the same issue of not seeing my full name displayed even though I have entered it…trying again.
This resonates with me a lot, only instead of TV show sets, my comparisons are always to popular and trending Pinterest pins, especially the room decor and aesthetic pictures of artsy living rooms. Obviously this can serve as a good and bad thing, sometimes pins or ideas can inspire people and guide them, other times it causes stress or pressure to attain something that’s completely staged and not realistic for daily life.
Oh my gosh, yes! Stop with the Pinterest pins that are 100% unrealistic and cost 5x as much to DIY at home. I cannot tell you how often I have been sucked in to “projects” to do with my kids that were not about my kids – or doable by me and my kids. LOL! But yes, I love a little long-distance inspiration and more now that I’ve gotten a little smarter.
I was once watching the TV show “Selling Sunset,â€ a show about realtors on Sunset Boulevard. Before the show I was thinking about how realty seemed like a modest career, how you may never be successful in a worldly sense. After watching the show and seeing realtors selling $20M homes and getting a 5-10% profit I was highly encouraged. I felt a sense of motivation I had not felt in years. It wasn’t necessarily because I had seen that you could get rich from selling houses, but rather that we are capable of taking a modest somewhat mundane career choice and turn it into something big and fulfilling. These people had become tycoons in their field and because of the financial gain would be able to make changes in the lives of many of the people around them. It sparked a sense of drive and determination in me that had been somewhat dwindling away.
I can relate with TV making you feel motived and determined, there is something about being able to physically see the thing you want or your goals that makes it seem more achievable. For me it is like a jumpstart for my motivation.
I have to admit that after watching a few of the TV programs that sell products, I have bought several things that I have seen advertised during the program. I realize that the but one get one free is a big gimmick that companies use to capture customers attention. It is just one of the few ways that I have found myself guilty of falling for when it comes to buying products off of the TV. It amazes me how easy it is for any of us to be swayed by the media that we see. Whether it is Facebook, TV, Newspapers, or on the internet, we are all susceptible to the influence of what the media wants us to not only believe but to want to have in our homes.
I have also been suckered into buying something on TV because of how attractive they make It seem! They actually use psychology and know what will trick our brains so don’t feel too bad lol. Just like food places, many use the ketchup and mustard theory. The theory states that if those colors are used or paired together it will make the consumer hungry and thirsty therefore making us want to stop and get something to eat.
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I am personally influenced by the media every day because of my phone. On my phone, I am guilty of having all of the latest social media apps along with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and much more. I am guilty of spending too much time scrolling through my phone. As someone who has an iPhone, I like the feature when it tells me my screen time for the day and week. At the end of each week, I get a notification telling me what my screen time was for the week and what app I spent the most time on. I try my best for that next week to be cautious of limiting myself from my most used app. However, I do struggle with staying off my phone.
One tv show that I am guilty of binge-watching is Criminal Minds. Throughout every episode I find myself trying to discover who the criminal is. I even find myself wanting to become an FBI agent. Although, that thought changes when the criminal is trying to kill the FBI agents which makes me never want to become one. To tie both Criminal Minds and Social Media together, I find myself being an FBI agent on social media. I am always searching through the news and I would be lying if I said I don’t “investigateâ€ other people’s accounts.
Mass media has had a lot of effect on me and my thinking. I love watching shows and movie and another big factor would have to be the news. I like to watch action and mystery and horror types of entertainment. I also like fantasy such as Harry Potter (lol). Magic is always fun for me because I would love to wave a wand and have my house do it’s own cleaning.
However, speaking of news, I think this greatly affects how people think based on what is being reported and how. I have seen how one network portrays something happening completely different than another and it is astonishing. Mass media tends to try and sway the public to one way of thinking or markets something so the public will buy their product. I have definitely bought products because of the way they were marketed (and price). Or have traveled somewhere because of what was displayed for me to see on an advertisement. Media is intertwined heavily in our daily living and I don’t think we even notice how much it’s there anymore or how much it actually influences our choices, because we are constantly surrounded by it.
Yes, Harry Potter! I started reading the books again during Christmas break.
When I was 12 years old I was hopelessly obsessed with Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. During that same time of infatuation, I also lived on an island, almost as picturesque as the scenes in the movie, and in that summer, I managed to dress like a pirate every day and spend all of my time at the beach, imagining that I was stranded on a desert island, the same as Jack Sparrow. Because I was so young and impressionable, it was easy to let one movie take over my entire wardrobe and make-believe games throughout the summer. Shockingly I kept up this charade for the next few months, but I think the effect that this form of media had over my life was overall positive and good, it simply encouraged use of imagination and caused me to wear some flowy shirts and leather boots. Of course this is a pretty tame example of the effects of media on people, however I do think it is worth noting that even at a young age, especially in recent generations, it is more likely to happen than not.
Your post definitely brings up the idea of how media sort of preys on kids who are developmentally ready to step into character. I have 4 kids and have seen this happen with all of them but especially one impressionable little dude. It can be harmless and fun but it can turn quite materialistic too with the way “stuff” is promoted through characters and movies etc.
Mass media definitely influences me everyday despite how much I would like to deny that commercials, shows, and social media effect me. I vividly remember watching Frozen at my 13th birthday party and deciding I was going to be an actress and singer for cartoons because my friends and I made the best music video of all time, clearly. This lifestyle seemed so glorious and it would definitely solve the question of, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Being at this susceptible age, I was drawn into the dream of fame and fortune and I was certain this would be it for me. Social media has also been a big downer on growing up in this time and age because teens are directly targeted with model campaigns and how we “should look” in order for someone to like us.
I know that mass media influences me, just like it influences everyone, but I like to think that I can see through the illusion and realize how I am being influences. Food commercials especially seem to have an effect on me. There’s nothing quite like seeing fresh food being cooked and prepared to make your mouth water. I usually have to resist the urge to get up and go to the restaurant in the ad. Whenever I see a fast food commercial, it helps to remember how the food actually looked last time I ate that fast food place. Realizing that the actual food will look nothing like the food in the commercial really helps to break the spell and lessen my hunger for it.
I don’t watch much TV lately because I have lesser personal time to spend on watching tv like I used to. However, I loved watching movies in the theaters. The last movie that I watched was [Star Wars-The Rise of Starwslker]. I enjoyed it. At the same time, I watched the preview of . I’m not a fan of combat movies, but I watched one of them, [Dunkirk] because it’s a historical story.
So far, I can say that big screen movies is the mass media that influences me most because it has influenced me to make some bad decisions and a few good decisions in personal experiences and even relocated in my life.
Other mass media seem do not influenced me so much. Besides that I think music is a good sort of entertainment for me. I listen to many different languages in songs and music. That’s something that I appreciated.
Before I moved to Fairbanks, I lived in Las Vegas. Now, for those of you that have never been to Las Vegas, let’s just say that if you’re hungry, there is an overwhelming amount of restaurants to choose from. Once I moved to Fairbanks, I didn’t realize how spoiled I was and how much I truly missed all of the different places and types of food there are to eat there. Mass media has totally had a noticeable affect on me when it comes to food. I don’t know if it’s because I consider myself a foodie, if it’s because I love food and love to try new things, or if it’s because I feel like Fairbanks has limited choices. Whether it’s a commercial on tv, a radio advertisement, or someone posting a pic at one of my fave restaurants back home, it definitely makes me think of what I’d eat there or the last time I ate at that particular place. It may sound silly, but now that I’ve lived here for awhile, I make sure that whenever I go home or somewhere in the lower 48, I always make sure to fulfill my cravings and eat well while on vacay.
A couple different examples came to mind when I read the discussion topic. First, years ago when The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants came out I loved it. Every time I watched it I wanted to travel to Greece and for years it was my dream vacation. Now that I haven’t watched it in awhile I do not desire to travel that far but I am sure if I were to rewatch it I’d dream to travel to Greece again. The second example I thought of was 5 years ago when I was babysitting and watched Winnie the Pooh. I was in rural Alaska (Golovin) and every time I saw Rabbit’s garden I craved fresh vegetables. I remember this really well because I posted on Facebook because I was frustrated being in the village and our one store (since then a second one has opened) did not have fresh produce. One of the downsides to living in a village. However, when I see commercials for fast food I am thankful to be in a village because I do not have access to those either. Seeing what people are eating is probably the biggest influence media has on me. Joey on Friends always makes me want pizza or a sandwich.
I can definitely remember as a kid growing up and seeing star wars movies and then running around the yard with a stick pretending I was a jedi, or, if I was feeling kind of evil, a sith. More recently, I was home from college visiting family over break and my younger cousin wanted to have an airsoft war. More specifically, he wanted to have a battle royale airsoft war where we had to run around and find previously hidden airsoft guns. If you haven’t already guessed, that idea was heavily influenced by the game ‘Fortnite’ and it’s parachuting free for all style combat. I just found the whole idea funny because I shoot competitively for the rifle team here at UAF, and yet my cousin still wanted to challenge me in a game that required marksmanship. (Just to clarify we did use safety equipment to prevent injury)
Well to be short I am a air force brat and have seen a lot that the media does not cover and I understand why. Media has groomed me in ways that spark freedom that has been promised to us. I have done many stupid things like all have probably done and have spent many days fixing those issues that I have created and have learned from these experiences. At the age I am now I think I have a better grasp on what is worth my time and attention and news and TV shows are not one of them any more. I learn more away from the broadcasted TV shows. If I have a question go on a journey to find the answer and get many not just one and come to a trail to test the info you found to form your very own opinion. It is only foolish to except everything told to you blindly even from a trusted source. I do not trust anyone or anything and that has kept me alive and in one piece I still interact with others however I believe the day and age were expecting others to have our better interest at heart is long gone. Expect to be lied to and to be manipulated that is why you most know more so that you can spot it from further away. However pictures have been used to help with processing information sense the cave man so it helps with gathering information and what things may or may not look like. Yet I try not to let this be the major way to evolve my intellect I would rather get it from books and from experiences, I believe History is written by the victors so even books have less validity but if you can actually make a experiment that proves what is said there is more hope of it being fact over fiction. I watch anime, I mob motors in everything, did four years in the military as a mechanic graduated twice from UAF and am now going back for a third degree. I do not think my self smart but I do have tons of questions that need answering, there are far smarter people than me in lower places on the worlds totem pole. I watched a anime that made me think were would we be if all the technology was striped away and all we had was what we knew and how far we could come back form the age of sticks and stones. To be able to reinvent the wheel or to prepare poisonous mushrooms to make them editable and to be able to cure the earliest diseases. These are whats worth learning not actors lives in my opinion my life is far better than theirs if I get out of the house and go on adventures the anime was called DR. Stone. However I can not say that the way others live there life is wrong because things happen for reasons choices, concussions, and Darwinism run the world. Humans are a adaptive creatures and evolve to better there immediate living conditions, however if we get lazy and stagnate on commercials and pointless shows we loose more than just time. All this is in my opinion and is by no way fact.
The most recent movie I saw that significantly changed my point of view was The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. If you haven’t seen the movie, it is about a man that is always imagining ways he’d like his life to go, but in reality he bites his tongue and never goes for the things he wants leading him to live a boring, mundane life. Eventually, he goes on a trip and starts to essentially say yes to things and get out of his comfort zone leading to exhilarating experiences and a happier Walter. After watching the movie, it made me want to get out of my own comfort zone. There are a lot of things I have always wanted to do, but never did. After watching the movie, I planned a two week trip to Ireland and Scotland for the summer. It is mind blowing to me that a movie would have such an impact on me, but it definitely did. The movie made me want to travel, be more bold, and do the things that I want to do.
I love this example. Great job stepping outside of your comfort zone. One of the things I’ve learned in life, is that I grow the most as a person when I push myself beyond my comfort zone. Sometimes I identify things that terrify me, and force myself to do those things. I’ve learned so much about myself just by making myself a little uncomfortable.
Mass media plays a unique role in everyone’s lives, whether they want to admit it or not. I remember when I was about 8 years old the first Matrix movie came out, and my friends and I obsessed over it. We would act out scenes and martial arts moves from the movie all the time. We would jump on the trampoline and throw things at each other and try to dodge them like Neo dodged bullets. We even came up with a tag game in our neighborhood where three people would be Morpheus, Trinity, and Neo, and the rest of us kids were the agents and we had to catch them. Funny enough, that movie even led us at a young age to ponder human nature and reality, as we would discuss the idea of, “what if we live in some type of matrixâ€. It’s funny now, 20 years later, to look back and reflect on how much that movie had an impact on me. A more recent example of media having an influence on me was last night, when my wife and me were watching tv, a commercial came on advertising ice cream. We both looked at each other and agreed we wanted ice cream now. Right away we started the car and went to Fred’s to grab some ice cream. Its amazing the power media and advertising can have on us. In one moment we had no desire for ice cream, and after a 30 second commercial, we wanted it enough to go out in -30 weather to get it.
I do not use social media of any form. I’m against it I just don’t feel the need for it personally. As such, my interactions with mass media is more of the traditional TV, movies, and radio. An example of this would be hunting movies and Alaska magazines. I have always been an outdoorsman and spent as much time outside as possible. Though the posted signs of the lower 48 would often interfere with my endevours. The movies and magazines showed me that there might just be a chance to live in a place away from the madness. So when I was given the opportunity to move to Alaska I jumped at it. I can completely understand how mass media can effect a persons life, both short and long term because of this.
Mass media has played a large role in my life personally. Whether it is through the forms of social media, television series, movies, or radio, I am absorbing the information distributed and applying it to my own life whether its positive or negative. I absolutely love cooking shows, and I was recently watching The Great British Baking Show, and I was inspired to bake. So, I ran to the store to get a few ingredients, and I spent the rest of the day trying a couple new recipes that I was able to learn through the show. It was something that I would typically not do, and I ended up having a great time. I think that it is very easy to be influenced by what we see portrayed through the media, and it is up to us to be able to filter through what will positively impact our lives and what will hurt it.
I believe that social media can definitely have a huge influence on a persons thought process. My favorite types of movies and tv shows involve crime or some sort of violence, they just for some reason intrigue me more than the casual reality show perhaps. After watching such shows involving the FBI or a field of law enforcement, it can tend to make me feel more aware of my surroundings or naturally more inclined to be protective of myself or others. In regards to our discussion topic of mentioning food, when I scroll through Facebook I often see different types of food being prepared and I immediately become hungry or wanting to make such a dish that is being prepared. I believe social media will forever have some sort of impact on a person’s life, whether they notice it immediately or not.
I think mass media has a lot of influence over me at times. The thing that comes to mind first is food. I am often influenced by commercials with a cheesy pizza or an up close shot of a bacon cheeseburger. Usually I am not even hungry but after watching the commercial I start to think maybe I should go get a pizza or a burger. On the other hand I see Youtube videos with Gymshark athletes posting their workout vlogs and I feel inspired to go to the gym and get in shape. So I think there are good and bad influences impacting my life on a daily basis.
Mass media has a definite way of influencing our lives in ways we sometimes don’t realize. I really enjoy watching movies that make me think about my own life and different aspects of it that I would never consider. For example, after watching the Breakfast Club for the first time I thought about the way that I treat people that are different than me. I typically have always been pretty friendly towards everyone (the way I was raised) but after having that discussion with myself I though about the ways that I could be more friendly towards others, including classmates that didn’t talk to me.
There have been times in my life when the mass media has had an effect on my thoughts, actions and beliefs. In the eighth grade my friend and I had watched a movie called, “Here Comes the Boomâ€, (spoiler alert) about an out of shape teacher who gets back in shape and uses his past wrestling knowledge along with some intense training to win money for a school program that is losing funding. After watching this show my friend and I were extremely motivated and promised each other we would workout everyday for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, this change in my mindset only lasted until I fell asleep, but nevertheless it did temporarily change my thoughts. Another example of when the mass media has affected my life has been the government’s anti drug programs in schools because I have had several friends offer me cigarettes, but they have just never appealed to me and I believe this is due to all the speeches and shows I have been forced to watch in middle school classes about the negative effects of cigarettes. The mass media has also had a major effect on my beliefs because the majority of my sources for debate research in high school consisted of mass media outlets.
This may be an unpopular take but when I watched Avengers: Endgame, I was swayed a lot during the movie as one would expect between excitement and devastation but what surprised me was that despite the movie clearly trying to promote the heroes as doing the right thing and coming out on top, I found myself relating to the villain most of the movie. His reasoning was well founded, his drive well defined, and for a time I felt that we were in need of a new plague or something. I don’t know if that was supposed to be a politically driven undertone of the movie but it definitely built a concern in my head for some time that we are headed for extinction via overpopulation in the not too distant future.
When I was in middle school I remember getting enthralled into the Lord of the Rings series. I read the books repeatedly and watched the movies more than a million times. Before I watched it I didn’t like going out hiking very often because I am unfortunately very allergic to nature and would get sick whenever I was outside for longer than 30 minutes. After watching the Lord of the Rings, and seeing all of the beautiful places that scenes were filmed in and just watching the sheer amount that they spent hiking outside inspired me to get out more regardless of my allergies. And so to this day I’ve forced myself to go hiking somewhere every week and see new places and it’s done a lot of good for me.
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Mass media overtime has had a lot of positive and negative impacts in my life. For example there’s times where I won’t be hungry but a McDonalds commercial will come on and I’ll switch and immediately want all the junk food they’re showing me. Which can be very negative coming from a health aspect. On the other hand I’ll see a workout commercials and see how big and strong the athletes are in those commercials creating motivation for me to go out and be active whether in a gym or just going outside. Overall mass media can have positives and negatives on people depending on how they interpret the media presented.
Mass media has influenced me in a lot of different ways. I remember being a kid and watching Star Wars or Lord of the Rings with my friends. We always ended up going outside and swinging broom handles around like makeshift swords. Now as an adult, media is much more common and has a larger influence on my life. When I feel sad or have a rough day, I can turn on Netflix and watch a funny movie or some stand up comedy and make myself feel better. Mass media can be both a good thing and a bad thing in terms of it’s influence over us.
Mass media influence me in both negative and positive ways. On my days off, I usually spend my time watching random vlog videos of these people who are traveling almost around the world and giving tips on how you can travel without spending too much money. By watching those videos made me want to explore the world, and I started to go to some beautiful places already. And the negative impact is when I watched these videos going to the mall and buying clothes or shoes. So, I ended up buying those things too even though I did not really need it. Mass media can really influence people in unique ways.
Good evening! My experiences with mass media has been fairly similar to most people nowadays. I see a food commercial and suddenly realize how hungry I am. I use Netflix often for background noise when I am studying, as it offers a welcome distraction, serving as a stress releaser and comfort. When I was young, all the kids on my street would organize in the woods and play our own version of the Hunger Games, where we would stab at each other with sticks and see how could last the longest. I grew up watching bike races and pool tournaments because those were hobbies that my father as interested in, and they inspired us both to be better at each. For me, mass media most obviously seems to provide support, either in distracting me from my worries or inspiring me to improve.
I can vividly remember as a child watching commercials for Coppertone Sun Tanning Oil – not such a popular thing nowadays. All the Coppertone girls would be laying out in the sun on the beach, relaxing, getting dark tans. I would mimic that by whatever means I could find, baby oil mostly and a towel in the back yard. I don’t think it was just the “beauty” portion of the ads I was wanting to emulate, but the relaxing time they were having as well. And of course, I can happily pop off the McDonald’s songs “Big Mac, Filet o’ Fish, Quarter Pounder” with the best of ’em. Not that it made me hungry or crave McDonald’s, but more so the camaraderie of the kids in the commercials singing the tunes. I think the thing I correlate the most with mass media is its ability to take me out of my present situation with a possibility of something relaxing or fun, but different than what I am/was currently experiencing.
The mass media is has had positive and negative effects on my life. I would say one of the more positive effects is getting to hear different viewpoints other than my family and close friends it has both cemented and shaken a lot of things I thought were true. Some negative effect I can be all-consuming and time-sucking. Not to mention some of seeing dumb stuff then wanting to do dumb stuff or not wanting food then see something the wanting food. Also, it has had be believe some crazy thing like dodging bullets is possible or supper hard athletic things I could do since I have seen it could do it.
I have always known that media can have a strong effect on us as a culture, but when I stop and think about how persuasive it really is, it makes me wonder how many of my thoughts and choices have been influenced one way or another. I can think of no better an example than the last few months spent mostly in self-quarantine during a global pandemic. I remember feeling alarmed when news of COVID-19 first started, but then the media began comparing it to having a bad cold or the flu, which of course made me feel much better. All of a sudden, it’s ten times worse than the flu and everyone who gets it will need to be on a ventilator. Like many, I panic-shopped and bought whatever product the media said was running in low supply of, whether I needed it or not. The next wave of mass media hysteria had our country convinced at least a million Americans would lose their life before Easter and I wondered if I should finally write my will, you know… just in case. Coming out on the other side, I can see now how my behavior was so easily controlled by fear. How quickly I forgot the media has an agenda to promote wealth, not public service messages. I consider myself to be a strong, independent thinker, but I am also aware that I now have a 25 pound bad of table salt in my pantry, you know… just in case.
I can think of numerous times mass media has had an impact on my thoughts and behaviors. The first that comes to mind is the television show, Chicago Fire. Since I can remember I always wanted to be a firefighter. Then the show Chicago Fire came out when I was around 13/14 and I loved it. The action-packed show instilled in me further that this was the job I wanted. I have worked at the University Fire Department in Fairbanks for 2 years now and I love my job. To say that the show is entirely responsible for this progression would be on overstatement, but it definitely played a role.
Another instance I can think in which mass media affects me are advertisements. Often times I find myself getting sucked into advertisements that are marketed towards me because I have clicked on something similar before. There have certainly been times where I have bought clothes, furniture, electronics, or other products just because they popped up on my screen when normally I wouldn’t think twice about them.
Finally, a way in which mass media affects me is cooking/baking shows. I would hardly call myself an expert chef, but I love to cook and bake. After watching certain shows or videos, I am influenced in what I experiment with making. Particularly I love cake baking shows and it always makes me want to enhance my decorating skills.
First off Thank you for your service with the fire department! I have not heard someone mention Chicago Fire in years but I can defiantly see how it could impact peoples wants on becoming a firefighter. I can relate to the advertisements though, they pop up everywhere, and there are times it leaves you wondering how they knew you were looking at those.
I think in some way, media has always shaped some part of my life, even when my family didn’t have tv. I’d hear about a tv show or commercial from friends and find it exciting to hear about it without even seeing it. That being said, I now have enough influence from media to pick an example easily. I’ve found that watching short tutorials on cooking is something I get sucked into easily, as that is a hobby of mine. It always makes me want to get in the kitchen and try it out, but I often that I don’t have the appropriate ingredients on hand to complete it with so I begin a shopping list.
Another way in which media influences me is in beautiful pictures of exotic (and warm) places. I saw at the beginning of the thread that several of you posted about seeing cruise commercials, and I think we must have tuned into the same thing at the same exact time. I have always wanted to go on a cruise and my mom and I were planning on going a couple of years ago, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Now, I have the ability to plan it out and take care of everything for both of us, and the commercial put the idea back into my head. It was enough of an influence that I got in contact with a travel advisor and am looking at various cruises now.
I think the most notable and significant time where media influenced me was on 9/11. I heard the radio report of the south town falling and watched the North Tower fall on live television. Mass media gave everyone in the nation and the world a close-up view of the horrors of that day and collectively focused the world on Osama Bin Laden. As a result of witnessing the events of the day and its aftermath through the media, I enlisted in the Army. I do not think that I would have enlisted had I not seen those events on live television and joining the Army still has a big impact on my life to this day.
For me personally, I do not watch a lot of TV. My main sources of media come from my phone. Typically, news based apps, social media links, etc. I find myself most interested in articles or photos that are food or destination related. I realize seeing these visual cues about a delicious meal being served up at a local restaurant sometimes has me thinking about it for days. I put in on my mental checklist of places to go when I don’t feel like cooking. I especially enjoy reading food reviews on various types of media outlets. It seems a positive review from the general population has the ability to influence a large number of people without the establishment having to advertise. I have noticed negative reviews can equally effect a business without them even knowing sometimes. This definitely always gets be thinking from a business stand point what an enormous effect the presence of media can have on business, negative or positive.
About a week or so ago I was thinking about what I wanted to do to pass some time, I was searching through different apps. I wanted something that’s was going to be entertaining. I love action movies. I found one I hadn’t watched before. It’s called “Kill Order”. After watching the trailer I was thinking “This is definitely my kind of movie.” While watching the actual movie I wanted to find out if many of the acrobatics and martial art moves are possible without having to be suspended. I often wonder if some of the outlandish things in action movies or TV shows are possible. A lot of it makes we want to try to learn how to do it or find out if someone like me can learn to do it.
I got my subjects mixed.
But… I guess you could say movies motivate me to get up to try new things. It’s always good to get out and try new things.
I watch a lot of scary movies. When I say a lot, I mean to say it’s pretty much the only type of movie I watch. When I’m not watching scary movies, I am often listening to Crime Junkie podcast, so I can confidently say a good amount of the media in my life is revolved around something scary. Scary movies didn’t effect me how one may think they would. When I’m laying in bed and something goes bump in the night, my first thought is “Well, I know it can’t be Jason or Freddy and I doubt I live in the house someone would choose to burglarize.” It’s almost as if the scary movies I’ve watched have given me a feeling of more confidence, rather than becoming more scared or paranoid. However, the podcast I listen to does make me feel more scared and paranoid. It is about real people, who either get murdered or go missing. And for some odd reason I choose to fill my day with it! I’ve caught myself looking behind my shoulder more often when I walk to my car (also, as a woman we should all always be doing this), or triple checking my front and back doors are locked before I go to bed. While I am happy scary movies haven’t turned me into a panicked mess, I am glad my podcast has affected me in this sort of way. It’s important to always be aware of your surroundings, even if sometimes I go a little bit overboard after hearing an especially creepy episode!
I’m super excited to learn about media and its affects on society and myself. I’ve had many run ins with media ads being persuasive. I’m a computer science major so anything in that realm is interesting to me, and I love to improve my self education. I’ve multiple time bought programming language courses through ads on YouTube or other platforms. Also one thing I’ve noticed a lot is when I watch people traveling or eating on YouTube it makes me want to eat with them. I cut down on how many food videos I watch on YouTube because they made me want to eat! I’m making Beef Stew tonight for dinner mostly because I saw a recipe for it online! Also I’m sure there are a ton of ways I’m influenced in my daily life without even realizing it.
Mass media has had some effects in my life whether it’s positive or negative over time and whether it be on facebook, Instagram, or commercials. Facebook has post of random stories from time to time and I find myself reading them or at times I would google the story to see if it’s real or not. Instagram has advertisement I would see for jewelry or clothes and I would go to that website, next thing I know, I’m buying some kind of bracelet or shirts all because I clicked on the link. Watching TV you see a lot of commercial of new movies coming out and I would tell my husband we should go watch it when it comes out. Or we would be watching TV and then a Taco Bell commercial comes on and next we know we’re in the car driving to Taco Bell in the middle of the night all because the food looks good. Then regret it because you know it’s late and you shouldn’t be eating.
With the Coronavirus going on, I find myself reading every article about it and reading updates from other states or country to see how everything and everybody is doing. I would be on Facebook and someone I know would post a story about it and I would, of course, click on it to see what the article is about. Saw a commercial about a cruise and next thing I know, I’m on the website trying to price everything and how much I would have to put down that day, how much I would have to pay monthly, and when the last payment needs to be made.
So needless to say, mass media has an effect on everybody, in a good or bad way. Trying the recipe we saw, ordering online from the website that was being advertise, or googling an article we read to see if it’s has some kind of truth to it.
I think media has had a similar effect on me. I don’t easily recognize mass media persuading me one way or another, but I can see that it is collectively influencing me and the choices I make. We recognize marketing commercials are designed to persuade us to purchase their products, but media messages through news outlets are often persuading us into too. With the prevalence of COVID-19 coverage, I have become more and more aware of how my thoughts and reactions are being influenced by the news.
Hello! I feel that I am affected by all types of media. I watch the news when I get up in the morning, but with COVID-19 being the predominantly covered subject, I have begun to limit my exposure. I will get on Facebook or Instagram for a few minutes and see what friends and family are posting. I may check social media later in the day but try to limit my time on the phone and in front of the tv. I like to watch a program in between work and doing homework. This resets my brain before having to focus on a different task. Interestingly enough, I am influenced by the commercials during that time. The food commercials have influenced my choice of dinner or snack. I think we are all affected by mass media in one way or another.
Hi everyone! It’s crazy to think about the impact that media has on all of us. Even at such a young age, we are all impacted by the media. Who remembers Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events? Growing up I would watch it every morning on DVD. I loved Jim Carrey as Count Olaf! One significant impact and great childhood memory was while watching this film. In the beginning of the film when the three young Baudelaire siblings live with Count Olaf. Count Olaf is cruel and is after the children’s family inheritance. He treats the kids as slaves and gives them a big list of chores to do. One of them being to make dinner for him and his drama crew. With no ingredients to be seen the kids find pasta and decide to make Pasta Puttanesca. For some reason this scene had my stomach growling. When my mom would wake up I would ask for pasta for breakfast. This changed me completely because I stated gaining weight. Although this was terrible for my health, it’s a lovely memory. I can also laugh at it now!
I can’t think of a more impressionable time in my life than currently. The main source of information on COVID-19 is from the media. Our local newspaper that reports the statistics every day, but only recently has been differentiating between total cases, recovered cases, and active cases. The claims that this virus is a hoax, or that it’s being blown out of proportion or not being taken seriously enough. I find myself listening to the medical director and governor through Facebook Live, and I read news articles shared through social media as well.
Another time I can think of is September 11th, 2001. Which also happens to be my birthday. We sat in school all day and watched the news. After those attacks and the media coverage, bias against Muslim Americans rose, and many people in my life joked about it. Saying things such as “better shave that beard or you won’t make it through the airport” to my nephew who has a long dark beard.
On a lighter note, I always want to eat when I see food on the tv. Even though I’ve read articles about how they make food look so good on tv (most of it isn’t even edible) I still think “that looks delicious”. Sometimes it even makes me want to go out to eat instead of cooking whatever I had planned for dinner. Advertisements certainly have a great effect on my daughter. Anytime she sees an add for a toy with kids her age in it, she wants that toy so badly. When she sees an add for a movie that she wants to watch I make sure that if there’s a book the movie was based off of, that she reads that first. She’s just recently finished the Harry Potter series so we are working our way through the movies now.
This is so true! I honestly did not even think about COVID when writing this discussion post but that resonates. Every day there are new things about it coming out. Sometimes I am filled with hope, like this is going away and people have stopped dying. Sometimes I am filled with confusion or frustration when I think, “was this all a hoax or blown out of proportion?”. And sometimes I am filled with sadness by reading the statistics or hearing about the people who are suffering with it or for their families who are feeling the loss of loves ones. When I think about it too deeply it gets a little scary because I don’t actually know what’s true and what’s not. I can listen to what is being told, but what do I actually know?
Hello everyone! It is very crazy to think about how people can personality mimic others from television shows or commercials or in mass media in general. I remember when I was younger my favorite tv show was House M.D., I was obsessed with that show and watched it non stop. Each time I would watch it something in my head immediately thought that I could just say random things and play doctor. I would go around my house and say you have so and so and of course if you have seen House I absolutely had to do it in a snarky tone to be just like him. I would go around and walk just like him, at the time I had been involved in a hit and run and had to use a cane. Looking back at this, you begin to realize how many other people have done this same type of behavior because like thought the character was cool or funny.
I watched all of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” when I was younger. It was “my show”. Now it’s out on Netflix again and I’ve been binge watching it. Turns out, It’s still “my show”. The nostalgia I feel when watching it is none other than soul healing. The effect that it has on me even, perhaps especially, now, is amazing. The stress that I’ve been feeling during this current social climate has been heavily weighing on me and when watching this show, that stress seems to wash away like I’m taking a warm bath during a fever.
It seems that media can incite a lot of fear right now and it’s good to remember that there are things like Avatar out there.
I remember a month ago when coronavirus just started getting exposure and news stories would be posted constantly. When my job closed and classes got switched to online I started getting super nervous and never went out unless I actually had to. I would read all the new articles that would come out about it and I would even read into other states to see how bad it was there and what was going on. Right now for me at least I feel like things are back to normal in my life and I’m not as scared or obsessive about it as I was earlier. Checking in on the news everyday got to be so draining and now I have mixed feelings on the whole thing. Entertainment wise-media had an impact on what I did/my behavior when I was a kid and I would watch movies like Herbie Fully Loaded or Spy Kids. My friends and I would ride our bikes around the neighborhood pretending that we were racing cars or we would pretend to be spies which is embarrassing to put out there but I’m sure everybody has had similar experiences.
Howdy y’all, I remember watching Tim “the Toolmanâ€ Taylor in Home Improvement as a child as my father has all 7 seasons and to this day I still do Tim’s grunts when I get confused or really agree with a statement. Tim also loved more power and that is something I grunt in agreement with. You can never have too much power. It is quite cool and funny to think about, how that show is still effecting my life to this day.
As I sit here replying to this post, I am listening to Only in America by Brooks and Dunn and my patriotic self is definitely coming out quite strong and reminds me how much I love our great country. The influence of a three minute song or any form of media is ridiculous to me as it plays to our emotions so well.
Before coming to college, my political opinions used to be very based on what my parents would discuss or what news channel or talk show they would watch. A lot of these television shows helped me form an opinion on some of the larger political issues, although, as I moved away from home and read/watched the news on my own, my opinions began to change slightly. This may be because of the fact that I don’t watch the same talk shows and news outlets my parents did as much, and I also don’t talk to many people about politics. Looking back, it seems as if those media outlets were helping to form my political opinions at the time, and now I wouldn’t say I entirely disagree with them, although, I’ve been developing my own views as well as new issues arise.
When I was in 10th grade, I used to watch Fight Club. Way too much. Though the violence and graphic nature of the world didn’t impact me much, it was actually the fact that he couldn’t sleep in the film that really was identical with my lifestyle at the time. Between social life, work, and school, I was constantly up and it got to a point where I couldn’t really notice when I’d be napping or be awake and alert. An insomniac watching a film essentially about how the world turns on its back due to this guy never wanting to rest properly and get some real sleep.
I think that mass media does have an influence on me personally. One instance is when I was about 8 years old I watched the movie Star trek the original and was so amazed by the engineers in the movie that throughout my early child I wanted to be an engineer so that could build things like the star ship enterprise. That is part of what piqued my interest at a young age to become a mechanical engineer with a specialty in aerospace. I do not have snapchat or Instagram or Facebook, but I do have Pinterest and often times when I scroll though and become motivated to start a new project to improve me house or yard. However, these projects always seem to take longer than advertised. I also get the feeling of wanting to cook when I see new recipe pins that pass though me Pinterest feed. My last example of mass medias influence is any time I hear danger zone or Real gone my speed seems to increase by 20-30 mph, that need for speed.
Mass media in our world has a huge impact on the daily lives of people, they have been proven to influence the thoughts of others, although some for me actually may have an inverse effect on me. I tend to get annoyed by commercials and get really spiteful and avoid products that get advertised en-mass by television commercials or even ads on youtube. Depending on the form of media and how enthralled I am by the film/video game/tv show, it will affect my emotion and has done so on many occasions when I am really pulled into a story. This happened when I was playing a game called Metro Exodus, I had always been really engaged by the story and was devastated for a week where I was just disheartened when I got the bad ending and was afraid to get it again when I did my second playthrough to ensure all was fixed. So I would say whether we realize it or not, we are very affected by media, in some ways positively and in others negatively.
When I think about it, mass media has affected me so many times throughout my life. I remember as a child watching previews before movies or commercials on TV about different toys or activites that you could buy and thinking, “If I could just have that, then my life would be complete”. When I did get them, they were awesome for a couple days or weeks but then it was on to the next biggest and greatest thing on TV. Funny how that works, even to this day with iPhones or cars. In highschool, my teacher put on a motivational video before class started. It was like two minutes long but by the time those two minutes were done I felt as though I could do anything if I just put my determination to it. If a man, who had his leg amputated, could be a marathon runner, then surely I could make varsity cross country. I think that all mass media has an effect on people for different reasons, and I think that we can literally re wire our brains, positively or negatively, by thinking on things over a period of time. It is super interesting to think that mass media, in its own way, has such power of us, the consumers that are constantly readling, listening, and watching it.
Hi, sorry for the late reply, I only enrolled in the class today. When I was younger I watched Jaws and Chucky, now I can’t go in the ocean and I hate dolls. Both of these things have scarred me for life. Because of some of the films I watched when I was too young, I can not watch any horror films without feeling like I just lost 10 years of my life! However, I have also watched programs on traveling, and they made me want to see the world. Now, I have lived in four countries, and I have seen quite a bit of the world. I still have a fair bit to go though!
Good afternoon, sorry for the late reply I just registered for this class today. My name is Trisha and I have to say after reading this discussion it is not what I expected but here we go. As a child I did not have what most would call a traditional stable home, there was a lot of moving and family disagreements. When I was seven years old, I started watch a TV series called Charmed with my dad. Charmed was a fictional TV series based on three strong independent sisters known as the Charmed Ones. These sisters much like my siblings (minus the powers) did not get along but they were able to come together and work things out. Not that they had much choice once Phoebe unleashed their powers but still. By watching this show it in a way gave me the impression that no matter what gets thrown my way I could handle it by being strong and defending myself.The women on this show were my greatest role models as a child. As an adult today I realize just how much of an impact these women and their characters affected my choices as a young person.
Media has influenced everyone’s lives when it comes to something as simple as where to go on vacation, what we eat, and even our behavior for the day. As a child, I watched a lot of scary movies with my siblings and I’m still obsessed with them to this day. Whenever a new movie comes out, whether it may be good or bad I have to watch it. I also have an obsession with true crime shows and podcasts. With the kind of media that I have surrounded myself with throughout my life, it has definitely made me more paranoid and unable to trust almost anyone. Despite that the movies I’d watch are mostly fictional, that doesn’t mean that someone isn’t capable of doing some of the things these movies present. When it comes to podcast in which they talk about real life crimes and murders that were done all over the US, it a lot more scarier and has me watching over my shoulder constantly. Or even when I’m home alone and here a faint and unrecognizable noise, I automatically assume someone broke into my house. Since these forms of media have been a large portion of my life, I can definitely say that they have influenced my behavior throughout the years. If I didn’t listen to true crime podcasts and watch scary movies, would I have ended up being a person that easily trusts people?
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When I was a kid I had little to no access to TV, and so didn’t have much experience with things being marketed directly at me. I remember one specific time that I watched Saturday morning cartoons at a friend’s house and the experience of television was so new and novel, ads included, that it really stuck with me. Previous to this I flat out refused to eat nuts, but a cereal commercial played that completely changed my viewpoint to the extent of actually seeking out foods with almonds. To this day Honey Bunches of Oats is my favorite cereal and in retrospect now I know the dangers of not being media literate. It is amazing how fast an ad can change opinions or set the scope of subjects we think about.
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