I am doing research about how media affects the way women think about their bodies. I am conducting this survey to see what you all think about media and body image. Everyone please take this survey (even if you are male).
My research question is how does the media affect women's body image. The article "Body Image And The Media" by By Beverly Ballaro addressed the ideal body image that has presented itself in the media and how women are forced into unhealthy eating habits and dieting to become this unhealthy ideal body type. “Older men and women and people with disabilities are rarely if ever depicted in these types of publications or in other types of high-profile media, for that matter, such as films, TV, or the Internet.
A 2009 study was conducted in which participants were shown various scenes of violence and various comedic scenes. After, the participants reported their sympathetic and enjoyment levels; the experiment then went on to target the scenes effectiveness over specific time frames. The results of this experiment suggested that media violence has the power to desensitize viewers within a short period of time; this develops the viewer’s attitude to more enjoy violence portrayed in the media, and begin to lack sympathy for the victims.
Women are forced to accept a false idea of what they should look like. They feel as if they have to diet and wear makeup to look “pretty.” “Billions of dollars are spent on the "weight loss industry" yearly” according to The Culture Of Beauty in the article "The Images of Women Are Unrealistic and Hurt Women." Women always feel bad about the way their bodies look because of the false ideal body image that is always shown in the media. What people do not understand is that this image is unrealistic and photoshopped.
There are several factors of the media violence that may contribute to aggression in reality. Many believe the media creates a somewhat positive attitude towards violence and makes it more acceptable in modern day society, as well as projecting the world in a more hostile fashion. One of the most common arguments against violence appearing in the media, as well as fictional forms as well, is that it desensitizes violence throughout America, and the repetition of viewing such events create a sort of emotional detachment.
1. What is the influence of the Bechdel Test? (Inquiry question)
2. The Bechdel Test perpetuates false feminism in entertainment media.
3. Personally, I both do and don't believe with the above claim. I think that the Bechdel test is a great measure of representation in the media but I don't think it can calculate characters’ depths. I don't think it is inherently evil or misleading but it does show how little we actually think about female characters and how quickly we will label something “feminist”.
Media is pushing women to become thinner and lose weight. According to Teen Health and the Media, media’s ideal body size has been shrinking since World War II. “At age thirteen, 53% of American girls are "unhappy with their bodies." This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen” this statistic is one of many and is seen in various age groups. Forty percent of nine and ten-year-olds have tried to lose weight.
Media violence presents a distorted reality. Reported by the Nielsen Company, the average American will watch five hours of video daily, close to all of this coming from the television- ⅔ of the videos watched contain some form of violence. It’s been argued continuously TV is flooded with propaganda for violence.
The media sends a message of how people should look. The media portrays women as unhealthily and unrealistically skinny. In result people are feeling less confident about their bodies and trying to look a way that is not healthy.
Life without media is unimaginable. Social media, computers, telephones, TV, movies, and the internet- it was designed to keep us informed and aware, but sometimes it’s influence does more harm than good. Media influence occurs both deliberately and indirectly. More directly, the media targets children and teenagers often to promote brands and images; the media often use sexuality and violence to have a more subconscious influence. Among teenagers, media influence is most prevalent through body image and violence.
Times are changing and the shift in media image is very present! All types of changes like more women, more children, and even different clothing can very easily be noticed. But is media becoming more accepting of something as important as skin color?
Within the past few decades, the representation of LGBT people in film, entertainment and the media has become more and more diverse. 30 years ago, films primarily focused on the struggles of white, middle class, gay males. Most of them weren't very open about their sexualities and appeared to be straight. Now, LGBT people are being represented much more often than ever, but is it being done the right way?
In this research project, I will focus on the influence of media and how media delivers news with various perspectives that affect the citizens along media influence on citizen’s daily life.I would like to research the types of media such as TVs, smartphones, and tablets, that most citizens get their information from and also research people’s reactions to biased deliveries. Furthermore, I would like to search for countries that have medias under governmental control and how government filters information that shows the negativity of the government or has a potential to provoke rebels.
Media kills people?
Media is often and unjustly blamed for the corruption of society. A lot of this stems from the undeniable fact that popular media is new, people seem to fear change. There seem to be many conflicting studies regarding violent media, and aggression. This is a highly political issue so I found it hard to find articles that were not overtly biased.
Our generation are the pioneers of a constant media feed. Images of photoshopped and oversexualized women being flashed through our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook feeds 24/7. The commercials we see on TV and Youtube use a woman's body to sell their product. Since we are these pioneers we haven’t realized what effect this constant imagery has on the developing and impressionable minds of young girls, whose insecurities advertisers use to sell a product.
When I glance at the news on stations like CNN, or go on news websites, I usually only see negativity. They show coverage of all of the disasters in the world, but rarely highlight the good things that are also going on.
If an alien race watched our news, they would think that humanity has gone mad, with all of the sensationalized and terrible headlines. Yet, all of these bad things in the news doesn't compare to the huge number of acts of selflessness and courage that happen everyday that do no get shown on the news.
As I have been researching the dangers of journalism in Russia a see one name more often than any other, Novaya Gazeta. In 2010 an article titled Professional hazard: murder (stet) by Tina Burrett tells about the difficulties that still exist for Russian journalists. Tina Burrett found that when asking about the media to the media she is confronted with much suspicion. The second part of Burrett’s article is on the Novaya Gazeta a controversial paper that opposes the Kremlin and Putin’s regime.
It is no surprise to me that Netflix has also issued a statement saying that they too have done research and concluded that binge watching is perfectly “normal”. There information is lacking and there main point is the old schoolyard chant, “everybody is doing it.” I am here to say, no Netflix, not everyone is doing it, and even if they were that wouldn’t make it right. There findings found that of the 3,000 people polled 61% binge watch regularly. I’d like to know where they found the people to poll. I am guessing that the population polled is highly skewed in Netflix’s favor.
It is no surprise to me that Netflix has also issued a statement saying that they too have done research and concluded that binge watching is perfectly “normal”. Their information is lacking and their main point is the old schoolyard chant, “everybody is doing it.” I am here to say, no Netflix, not everyone is doing it, and even if they were that wouldn’t make it right. Their findings found that of the 3,000 people polled 61% binge watch regularly. I’d like to know where they found the people to poll. I am guessing that the population polled is highly skewed in Netflix’s favor.
Russia has a history of censoring the media. During the communist period in Russia, known then as the USSR, dishonesty was everywhere. Corruption in the government was evident and fear ruled. Today censorship is subtly climbing, once again, in Russian media. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, since 1992 there have been 56 motive confirmed murders of journalists, meaning the CPJ has confirmed these journalist were killed because of the subjects they were researching.
Is exposure to violent movies, video games, and t.v making people more violent? Video games have been increasing in violence for many years, and a study showed that 97% of 12-17 year olds play video games. As the violence has increased so has the number of people who are exposed to it. They are two sides to this argument. There are those who believe that violence in video games, movies and television are correlated with real life behavior and aggression, and those who say there is no correlation at all.
Using the internet can be fun and entertaining,however, always use the internet at your own risk. Be aware of malware, worms, trojans, cyberbulying, phishing, etc. These risks can be avoided, just be cautious. When you are opening an email, read it carefully. Ask yourself, "Is this offer too good to be true?" "Does this look shady?", and carefully examine the URL that you are on. Id the URL does not end in ".com", ".net" ".gov" or ends with something that you don't know, DO NOT GO ON IT, especially if you are providing that website any sensitive information.
After videotaping Eric Garner's death, Ramsey Ortea was harassed according to his wife Chrissie. In an interview Mrs. Orta explains how Mr. Orta was tired of how officials was treating everyone. She replies to the interviewer, "It's not a good neighborhood," she said. "It's not. But the way the police were handling things ... they were taking advantage. They were treating us — civilians, period — like they didn't matter." Both felt that it was time for the average person to take changer instead of authority.
New developments like the iPhone, Android, iPad and gaming systems are very popular in the lives of children nowadays. In general, social media is different than what it was in the past. People in the 20th and earlier centuries did not experience the internet and electronics as it is in the present. Children today are lucky enough something like that is even invented for them to enjoy and use daily for their necessities. Compared to the past, social media has expanded and it now plays a big role in the lives of people.