Media's Negative Effects on Society Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Media's Negative Effects on Society
A discussion on the negative effects of media on children, adolescents and adults.
# 149414 | 1,336 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2011 in Communication (Mass Media) , Psychology (Theory) , Sociology (Media and Society)

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The paper addresses the link between media violence and socially detrimental behaviors in children and looks at Erikson's theories on adolescence. The paper goes on to describe how teens look to celebrities for trends in fashion and life style, and become increasingly desensitized to violence and sexually charged shows. The paper also looks at Erikson's theories on the adult age group that explain why the stereotyped image of the world presented by news media can lead to prejudice and isolationism. The paper emphasizes that violence and sexuality in the media have become increasingly apparent and graphic in the past decade, and argues that media producers need to provide content that is more conducive to a happy, well-adjusted and more neighborly society.

From the Paper:

"Picture this: a young teenage girl is in her room, her music turned up as loud as possible as she sings along to the vulgar lyrics and gyrates just like the superstar singer she's seen on television countless times. Her mom, hearing the words from downstairs, rushes up to see her daughter's suggestive moves and immediately turns off the music. An epic fight ensues. This scene is fairly typical, with differences in detail, of every generation of the industrial era, when media became a thing not only accessible to but developed for different and specific age groups. This has led to better focused advertising, and content that has a more obvious and immediate appeal to different sectors of society, but the differences created by the media often appears to--and very well could in reality--have negative consequences of divisiveness in society.
"The modern age has also come with an expansion of media outlets, adding first widely available print media, then radio, television, and now the enormous and ever growing Internet. From reporting the news to advertising aimed at getting people to buy things they could never really need, media has become the primary mechanism by which people connect to the world. This would not necessarily be a bad thing if violence and sexuality were not so prevalent in all types of media."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Freedman, Jonathon L. Media violence and its effect on aggression: assessing the scientific evidence. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. 1-272.
  • Kotrla, Bowie. "Sex and Violence: Is Exposure to Media Content Harmful to Children?." Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children 5.2 (Summer/Fall2007 2007): 50-52. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 July 2009 <>.
  • Yount, William R. "Transcendence and Aging: The Secular Insights of Erikson and Maslow." Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging 21.1/2 (Jan. 2009): 73-87. MasterFILE Premier. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 July 2009 <>.
  • Millner, Denene. "Messages in the Music." Essence 36.6 (Oct. 2005): 240-242. MasterFILE Premier. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 July 2009 <>.

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