Influence of Entertainment Media Essay

664 Words Jun 3rd, 2013 3 Pages
Entertainment media has had a profound effect on the way American culture has evolved. It has at times brought people together and equally torn them apart. Music, television, and film provide an incomparable outlet for expression. They allow individuals (and groups) to inform, to share what is important to them, to be creative and innovative. With all of the different types of entertainment media in America, society is exposed to so much more than would have been possible without these mediums.
Music in America has changed and grown over the years to accommodate a changing culture. Not only does music provide an emotional outlet for the musician but also for their audience. It gives the listener a creative outlet in the form of
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Americans have gone from a society of “yes men” to a society that questions everything and wonders how it will benefit them. With today’s technology, Americans can listen to music and view film and television programs on smartphones and iPads, commonly referred to as a “third screen” (Campbell, Martin & Fabos, 2012, p. 169) which only helps to reinforce the instant gratification that people in this country have come to expect.
The social influences of entertainment media can be both positive and negative. On the one hand, entertainment media serves to educate, enrich, and, of course, entertain. Without music, film, and television the world would be a much narrower place. However, that exposure can be viewed as a negative as well. Parents and other close family used to be a child’s main form of guidance, so it was easy to control what influences the child was exposed to. With the evolution of entertainment media, children are exposed to so much more, and some contend that has had a negative impact on society as a whole; promoting and encouraging less than ideal behavior.
It is hard to say whether explicit lyrics and violent images have made Americans the way they are because people emulate what they see on television and film, or if in fact, art imitates life. It is safe to say that perhaps a little bit of both are true. Society takes its cues from the media and the entertainment

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