The Effects Of Television On Society 's Negative View On The Audience

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Authors, Kimmerle and Cress , inform that, “It is a frequent finding that exposure to television has a socializing effect on the audience, that is, television influences their perception of reality” (The Effects of TV and Film Exposure on Knowledge About and Attitudes Towards Mental Disorders). Today in society, media has a stronger influence on public opinion than ever before, especially in television series and film. One topic that these media outlets can heavily affect are those which focus on people with mental issues. Although disorders, such as anxiety or depression, are quite common in society, the term “mental illness” still carries a negative connotation in the mainstream. There are those who believe that because media can be so influential, these shows and films should be blamed for society’s negative view towards those with mental illnesses because they depict those with with mental disorders in a negative manner. However, what many fail to realize is that times have changed. Today’s directors and actors have taken positive steps in order to ensure that there is no stigmas associated with mental illnesses.
It is no secret that mental disorders are commonly perceived as almost sacrilegious. Many even living in denial because of the stigma that comes along with mental illness. In their article “Student filmmakers ' attitudes towards mental illness and its cinematic representation” the authors explain that, “Population surveys have showed that negative opinions…

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