WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Media Mania

Posted by laurenivey22 on January 25, 2017

If you are alive today then the Media has more than likely had an impact on you or someone you know. I already knew this however, I did not know just how much it has impacted our lives. The way that media is used today is substantial, and almost a form of brainwashing, yet we cannot escape it.

Recent outbreaks on the internet have had a major impact on social media sites and the way people are talking and or acting. For example: memes are a huge deal now where people use pictures with sarcastic or funny descriptions to describe their mood or reaction to something. I did not realize just how much the media keeps us updated as well. If the internet or television did not exist, many of us would now know as much as we do about the presidential election and first world issues. Celebrities would not be as famous as they are today because people simply would not know as efficiently as possible, or as personal as the media makes it. The media also helps to make the statements made by people such as the President, or the Governor, or Senator or anyone else for that matte more personal. By that I mean they are able to get their point across without being filtered through the words of a writer in something such as a journal or a newspaper.

While media can be extremely sticky and tricky and can get you in a lot of trouble with its permanence, it is also extremely spreadable. While reading the assigned 22 pages, I found that the excerpt written about Susan Boyle had me searching through many, many YouTube videos after that. So while the media has had a huge impact on us, whether good or bad, it is the gateway to the future and we must simply embrace it since it will only become stronger and more advanced.

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4 Responses to “Media Mania”

  1. marylennoxhalf said

    I like that you compared the media to brainwashing, that is a sad reality but it is definitely true! I also agree with your statement about celebrities. We know almost everything news worthy about celebrities, and without media we would know much less.

  2. emilychildress329 said

    I like how you emphasize that media today can be compared to brainwashing. I do not think that people understand how much they are on social media as a whole. It is something that we cannot get away from because we need it in life. Everything now is almost online and that is how we figure out things about everyone else, especially celebrities.

  3. lillieeastham said

    I agree that there are a lot of pros and cons to the amount of media consumed today. While people are definitely on their phones much more then they should be, I liked your point that we now have the ability to immediately see speeches or find out information for ourselves as opposed to waiting on a news network to report it to us.

  4. amycory said

    I agree how the recent outbreaks in media have impacted our thoughts and actions on various political topics. On a side note, speaking for those who are not as strongly opinionated about certain political topics I don’t go out of my way to analyze each politicians newest interview. Your post has brought to my attention how I have played a role in allowing the “words of other writers” to dictate my general opinions on various political topics.

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