The Mass Media's Influence on American Adolescence

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Abstract: This paper covers an argument that has existed between the media industries and Americans, (parents in particular), for multiple years. Parents argue that the media has a negative influence on young generations, and that they should consider their audiences before promoting their work, advertisements, or products. The media responds to the parents by saying that the only way the media could have a negative influence on youth is because of indecent exposure, which should be supervised by parents or guardians. Researchers have conducted studies to show how music and vivid images of supermodels can affect the self- esteem levels and personal identification. At one point, even the government is against the media industries, the music industry to be exact. Even though the media has become more censored and audience conscious, parents are still unsatisfied with the deceptive images role models and idols that their children look up to. Overall, the media’s argument is most reasonable, and even though they are outnumbered by the mobs of furious parents, their defense and factual data is more effective. Word Count: 1,130 words total In 20th century America, entertainment plays a huge role in every American’s life. Media sources are ubiquitous. Daily, we are exposed to television, radio, internet, magazines, newspapers, etc. It is easy for someone to feel pressured or influenced by the rumors or facts that the media provides. Since the younger generations are experts with technology and are exposed to the media the most, they are the most vulnerable to the media’s influences. Slowly but surely, the daily lives of an average American Teen has changed since the previous century. Many researchers try to find a logical explanation of the younger generation’s actions. They notice that the expectations of teenagers have been forced to change
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