Media effects use in many different ways. Media keeps us connected and inform about what is happening around us. Media over time has changed and is manipulates and shapes the way we think because everything is individualized. We all have different ways of thinking, our own opinions, and as media keeps evolving it finds a way to fit our needs. In addition, media shields us from the truth because as a collective we can decide what we want to hear and see, but as separate individuals, we are distracted by our own social media information. For example, cooking tips, celebrity news, new music, or makeup and fashion trends. The same goes for advertising because every ad speaks to different people that are viewing it. Media in many ways has also changed American culture. While America keeps progressing and the technology keeps evolving so is media, which affects our culture. There are American influences and presences we have in other countries that are strong and thriving. We can see the other cultures disappearing. I have a friend who loves Bollywood movies and she has seen the difference in the movies from then and now. One difference in the Bollywood movies is there wasn’t any kissing and now because of American influence, there are upcoming actors, actresses, producers and etc. that wouldn’t mind incorporating kissing scenes in their movies which are more favored once there are sold in the American film market. This is different to a country that is mostly conservative. Another example is Cuba and the few American TV shows that are shown on TV. One of them is “Friends”. They think that the show really captures American essences. Overall, Media definitely shapes, influences, and hurt us all at the same time whether they intend to or not.
My question is: Do you think Media can be tamed when it comes to influencing other countries? Can media be more honest to us, Americans?