media = consumer media
its all about the money
to get the consumer society to buy more goods, you need to find and CREATE needs and then fulfill them.
the media focuses on scaring people senseless so that they will buy more, and making people believe they are not worthy or deserving unless they have something.
check out ads. they all focus on the 7 deadly sins:P in some way or another that is.
then check our entertainment media. its all about airbrushing, unrealistic weights and measurements, perfection. we're all imperfect adn the media focuses on perfection. what a way to destroy self confidence.
it also teaches women how to behave. how is a girl who lives in the simulacra of the media, able to know that what hse ses on tv isnt real? thats its dramatized? then, she goes out and starts having sex at much earlier ages then she normally would have, because it becomes normal.
there are however some businesses that aim to present themselves as pro-individuality and pro imperfection. check out the dove ad, that focuses on beauty no matter what age, shape, size. etc. how ever its still a marketing ploy.
i also think it destroys the ingrained or personal self respect of people. if some elements of the media try to empower women or give them confidence, they do so in a way that progras their confidence..taking away what they were naturally confident with and replacing it with their own confidence.
media is a big brain washing money making organisation.
also, sorry to say this, but lets not forget, that the media is still a primarliy male based machine.
ever since the beginning of time, women have been shown as inferior to men in every possible way..except of course, child rearing. im not going to go into plenty of detail...but just take a look at the first media like story known to man...adam and eve...hrmm..whos the bad one? whos the one who screwed all humans by getting us all kicked out of the magical land of eden? it wasnt a man. hey, women came from a measly rib of the man. we're second. all u need ot do, is take a look at positions of women in the media. who are the women, who are the men? women are prettty little news reporters. men? you will fidn the majority of important places are taken by men..head chefs, tv show hosts(unless the woman is particularly attractive), any form of intellectual program. heroes in films? who is it often?male or female? whos the one to be rescued? how often does a woman rescue a man? how many tv show bosses are women? the media is just another way of keeping men above women.
and we pay for it.
these are just questions to consider. of course there are always exceptions.. devil wears prada, catwoman, etc....but most of these too involve women and beauty tied in one.
so, we're nothing if not beautiful.
· 1 decade ago