We live in a world where almost everyone's influences are portrayed by the media. News stories are a big factor of how we see the world everyday. You regularly see the new trendy styles that everyone is talking about daily. If a celebrity changes their appearance, the news will jump on the topic to show the world.
Can the media shape the way we see our culture today?
Yes, it has many influences how how we dress, act, and view the world. We live in a world where almost everyone's influences are portrayed by the media. News stories are a big factor of how we see the world everyday. You regularly see the new trendy styles that everyone is talking about daily. If a celebrity changes their appearance, the news will jump on the topic to show the world.
Media In the Past
The news today compared to the 1970's is very different technology wise and retrieval of information. In the 70s there was no online news and the media was focused more on big life events and crime. Social media is also a big influence with the news in today's world. The presence of social media can be helpful with evidence and accounts on stories but determining if these sources and accounts are creditable makes creating a truthful and accurate story difficult unlike the past.
Headlines of Today: Lip Injections
Cover of TIME Magazine article on Jun 29, 2015 Vol 185 No 24 about plastic surgery.Author of article Joel Stein
This news article explains how easy it can be to alter your appearance, when and however you want. It also gives the name and the background history of the surgeon who gave the lip injections. The news article describes it as being "painless" and "easy". There are many ways to obtain lip injections through legal and more safe and sterile and the downside of people receiving injections in unclean and illegal plastic surgery schemes.
What if people decide to change their bodies and then regret it? Does the media portray this perspective after they glorify them to prevent these tragedies?
The media wants to influence their audience into changing the way they look and perceive topics, because that is what everyone else is doing. Especially celebrities, if they do it than that must mean everyone else needs to follow their examples. They never give people recognition of them being their selves. The reason for that is no one wants to see that perspective, and that's not their targeted audience. The world now is all about alienation even in the media coverage that alter how stories are displayed to reach their audience and ultimately to make a profit. So now we have to wonder has the material culture of the world alienated the source we expect to get the truth from?
Here is an example video of how altering your body can go wrong.