This was originally for an assignment today during my Faith and Media class (we had a sub as the teacher wasn't there). It's was originally talking about the church and I've posted it in other places too. Anyway, what I wrote in the course of about fifteen minutes about media's influence on ALL of us and not just teens and kids as the original assignment asked.
The medias of television, internet and entertainment buy and sell teens to make a quick dollar by influencing their young minds to buy the product, or in some cases votes. The world today is full of big corporations who sponsor certain politicians and television entertainment companies. It is the greed that corrupts today’s world.
Ads are everywhere, be it for voting for a politician to buying a new product. Commercials or ads on the internet and television attempt to brainwash kids and teens into thinking they should lose weight, buy a certain toy, or vote for someone in government. Many companies also use lies to appeal to an audience, like an ad for cigarettes stating that they are healthy, which has been proven by science otherwise to cause cancer and other ailments.
Teens can stand up to the media giants by boycotting some major media corporations, even if fully avoiding them is impossible. They can also ignore the media’s influence and be themselves if they can.
We can educate teens on the media’s influence and its effects. We can also note how the media’s influence can be bad. The more we can educate them the better.
What do you think of the media's influence on society? How should Christians respond to the effect of media?