Media's role in society

Length: 5 Pages 1127 Words

Media plays a significant role in our society today. It is all around us, from the shows we watch on television, the music we listen to on the radio, to the books and magazines we read each day. Television more so that any of the other medias achieves a myriad of different goals. These goals range from entertaining to educating. Various confines of education and entertainment are depicted in television. For the most part the television is found to be very entertaining. People watch television shows they enjoy and find entertaining. Television is often looked at as a babysitter for children. The viewing of television can entertain the young and old alike for great amounts of time. Along with entertaining, the media is used to inform society. Days are often started by the listening of the news on the morning television, judging the latest updates on the local traffic jams. Days are often concluded with the watching of the late night news on television, keeping us informed of the world and the events occurring around us. Steven Stark, author of Glued to the Set has been quoted as saying, “the local newscast has replaced the network news and the newspaper alike as the average American’s main source of news.” (390) I Continue...

(395) These phrases were first heard on sitcoms and have infiltrated our daily conversations. Some of these values are depicted in a more positive light than others. It not only influences our preferences, it affects our beliefs, our likes and our dislikes. WORKS CITED O'Brien,Geoffrey. "Local News: The Biggest Scandal on TV. Television influences people tremendously from the way they style their hair, to the type of kind soda they drink, to the type of car they drive, to the drugs we request our doctors to prescribe. Local News: The Biggest Scandal on TV. The programs today that sell products from kitchen appliances to jewelry have been discovered to be addicting. Twitchwill author of Adcult USA: The Triumph of Advertising in American Culture states,"The culture we live in is carried on the back of advertising.