Mass Media is great right? So many movies, so many songs, so many television programs and fun filled websites! But what is this doing to us socially? Is it making us smarter and more aware? Is Mass Media teaching us lifelong lessons that will help us get a job, land a smoking hot girlfriend or make correct moral decisions? The answer my friend, is absolutely not.
Some people actually spend more than 6 hours a day watching TV. Some people actually believe that they are carrying on intimate relationships and “Best-friendsmanship” relationships over the internet. Some people actually go out and pretend they are gangster rappers and rob, steal and cheat their way through life.
Mass Media has went from true entertainment to absolute destruction. Movies, radio and television programs in my grandparents’ day where created solely to entertain and better the un-informed masses of people. Programs were educational and tasteful. They would be careful not to offend the viewers by promoting sex, drugs and violence. Today a show won’t even make it on the air unless it has a strong dose of sexual, violent and drug usage angles. People expect to be shocked and amused by offensive topics and situations like rape or murder. The simple fact that these things sell is reason enough to believe that something is drastically wrong.
Apart from Mass Media plugging wrong ideas into minds of what is important in life, the way we interact with our families and friends is changing as well. 50 years ago a family would all sit around together and share a TV viewing experience. It was something to look forward to and look at as a reward for finishing a long day full of work. The family would talk and discuss their days together while watching television because it was simple shows that were being viewed. The people didn’t need to think so much and be so involved. Today’s family must sit in silence during prime time dinner time and eat their food while their eyes are glued to the newest CSI show where if you blink or answer your child’s question pertaining to their homework you would not understand the remaining 35 minutes of the show and probably the next seven episodes of the season.
There are so many shows and movies out in the Mass Media and a sufficient amount of televisions that everyone in the family can watch whatever TV shows they want by themselves secluded in their own rooms. Communication within the family is failing. Marriages and child-raising is failing. Productive quality spent time is failing. I believe Mass Media and its promotion of individualism is going to run this country into the ground. As IPods improve the ability to not talk to anyone and websites improve all means of meeting, talking and relating with individuals, soon we won’t have to ever leave our houses and see anybody. We can have all our selfish pleasures and work environment however we dream it. Soon no one will be comfortable having a conversation with a random stranger and be able to learn anything knew.
Mass Media is the worst thing that has ever happened to the world, I get sick to my stomach when I think about all the wrong it is going to cause in our futures. I’d love to rant all night about how I feel about this, but I got to go, the new Entourage comes on in 85 minutes followed by South Park, Simpsons and the Celtics game leaving me just enough time to check my e-mail, tweet my favorite professional athletes, Facebook my friends, play a quick game on the Xbox, review a few of the new movies coming out this month, read about albums coming out by my boy “Thug Nasty, Nasty Thug” and maybe order that new Patriots jersey I’ve been wanting to get my girl for Christmas. Did I mention how much I love that I don’t buy into all this Mass Media garbage.