The Influence Of Media And Literature On Society Essay

1001 Words Nov 8th, 2016 5 Pages
It is simply naïve to disregard the overwhelming influence that the media and literature has had over the public over the past century and more precisely, in our youth. As a society, we constantly twist ourselves to fit the mold presented to us through various media outlets (e.g. TV, movies, magazines, advertisements, etc.) and in literature we encounter in our lives for a multitude of reasons.
Throughout time, men have been presented to fit very traditionally masculine traits based on a preconceived narrative as to what it means to be a man and how to present oneself in order to be perceived as manly by others. Media and literature have branded a hyper-masculine image of men that has in time become what is expected for young boys to follow––be it relayed to them or not. Often times, whether in TV or movies, men are portrayed to be standoffish, selfish, incapable of conveying or even understanding their emotions, and are yet expected to be the pillars and example of strength and stability for the family to follow. This narrow-minded portrayal of men is simply toxic yet continues to plague our media and seep into our society.
In media (as well as literature), the way in which men are presented has resulted in rather distinct traits that have come to be associated with men and masculine behavior. Hollywood is the epicenter of this dilemma and has played a major role in influencing the persistence of masculinities in our culture and will continue to do so for the foreseeable…

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