The Merits and Dangers of Modern Entertainment Through the many ages, entertainment has changed just as much

as the human race. Entertainment has gone from what was usually primitive and savage, to more civilized ways to pass the time…or has it? Many argue that modern entertainment is having a negative effect on the world, and young minds in particular. As technology progresses, is entertainment becoming more useful, or dangerous to society? To answer the inquiry, one must compare our modern-day media to the pass-times of old-times. The average male teenager has some kind of gaming system, be it a handheld, PSP, XBOX, etc. And of all the games they play, there are bound to be multiple M-rated games. The ever-popular Grand Theft Auto can be seen even in the hands of children in elementary school. And it's more than just stealing cars (though there's plenty of that). The player can drink, visit clubs, shoot police, and murder civilians all at the touch of a button. The game producers don't even try to keep the gore moderate. Blood is everywhere, and so are mature themes never meant for kids or even teens. Rated M is for mature, but should rather be for adults, if for anyone at all. Is this any better than the coliseum, even if it is just a game? A research project surveyed over 2,000 kids from ages 8 to 18. A frightening 12% of them say that they play games that their parents would not approve of. In another study, young men who frequently played Grand Theft Auto had higher blood pressure and even greater symptoms of ADHD. And Grand Theft Auto is only one of many similar games. Others include Dante's Inferno (a 14th century poem about the circles of hell twisted into a gory M-rated game), Wolfenstein, Gears of War, and the slightly less, but still violent and ever-popular Call of Duty. What about other forms of modern media? People are ever attracted to the big screen these days. The average movie is rated “UA” for violence, adult content, language, or nudity. “UA” is suggested with parental guidance but some of the content inside shouldn't even be viewed by adult, much less teenagers who think themselves old enough to watch what they clearly shouldn't. Many teens go so far as to watch restricted movies and end up highly influenced by them. These movies often lead to violence and aggressive behavior in not only teens, but the whole of the population. The movies often times encourage young teens to engage in adult activities. Movies were meant to be fun and tell a good story through pictures, but has it gone too far? Current movies such as Wolfman, Legion, Inglorious Bastards, Shutter Island, the Crazies, and countless other are simply advertising blood, gore, indecency, and other things that lead to domestic problems.

There is a down-side and an up-side to every form of entertainment. That is the one conclusion. Yet is modern entertainment better or worse than the entertainment of the ancients? The answer lies in the eyes of the beholder. Whatever the case, we should all be wise in what we do, watch, and play. We all need to recognize, and come well to terms with the dangers, of modern entertainment.

giving the media a significant influence over children audiences Television's stories provide a dominant or "mainstream" set of cultural beliefs. in a negative way. Recent research indicates that there is a marked link between TV watching. and negative body and eating disorders There are continued concerns researchers are finding exposure to media violence causes increased levels of aggression and violence in children. are often accepted and therefore influence large groups into conforming behind the ideas." . Clearly. such as children. "Heavy viewing may thus override differences in perspectives and behavior that ordinarily stem from other factors and influences" Media exposure has been linked to multiple problems in children such as: childhood obesity. Researchers have also suggested that media may influence the development of negative self-esteem in children through messages about body image. As stated in a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte. The ideas presented to a passive audience. their body image . Heavy watching of television is seen as "cultivating" attitudes which are more consistent with the world of television programs than with the everyday world. television tends to stereotype genders and racial groups. engaging in anti-social behaviors like being mean . and low academic achievement. More often than not. "Children learn what they live.entertainment media are negatively affecting children about their ideas about relationships between boys and girls . media is a powerful tool that can alter a child's ideas about the world. view others and what role they will choose in handling situations of prejudice. violence and fantasy. Prolonged exposure to stereotypes can lead to the development of social prejudice and feelings of inequality in children (Media). values. The media can control and even dictate how children in our society view themselves. substance use and abuse. sexual behavior. and encouraging aggressive behaviors like hitting or fighting . and practices. their attitudes toward adults such as parents and teachers . The media manipulates the minds of children by reinforcing negative stereotypes and idealized body images to be accepted as the norm.

These aspects of the entertainment industry in our society remind us of how the rich and the famous live.The Entertainment Industry's Effect On Society (3) How many people do you know who have favorite celebrities and look for them in magazines or movies to see what the next hair or fashion trend is? I must admit. beautiful girls as the ideal "top model." This makes many young girls wish to be thinner with perfect bodies and untouchable beauty. and over the top vacations. and a Range Rover. there are numerous television shows which make many look at their own lives." shows celebrity lives." are perfect examples. The media and the entertainment industry are constantly in view and have a huge impact on our societal trends. including the places they go. All aspects of the entertainment industry overwhelm our society and are highly responsible for our changing perceptions and trends. their extravagant homes. the ideal career. We cannot escape the magazine covers. People look at celebrities and completely change their own views and ideals in order to match what they see as perfection.. For example. thin.. which are out of reach for many who are not . The simple things are becoming less and less appreciated as people look to those people with more wealth to see how they are living in comparison to their own lives. this has brought me to the realization that the entertainment industry is constantly changing our perceptions of who we are and is highly responsible for our changing cultural trends. "Top Model" displays tall. Their own image of themselves becomes distorted as they see what is considered as beautiful in our society. constant advertisements. Why is it that many people cannot see an average middle class family as ideal? People want more money. However. or the entire entertainment industry in general. something bigger. I also often look in celebrity magazines to see what the stars are up to and to scope out the "hot" new trends.. "The Fabulous Life Of.. causing them to suddenly want something different. People want something more. Television shows such as "Top Model" and "The Fabulous Life Of.

This show makes families and people of lower economic status feel as if their lives and the things that they do for fun or for pleasure suddenly aren't as good as the many celebrities who can afford to do whatever they desire. since there is the option of plastic surgery. Celebrity couples have created a divorce trend. which is another example of how celebrities and the industry are changing our own perceptions. There is hardly any negativity carried along with divorce anymore. Marriage seems to have become the trial run as opposed to dating. Divorce is now looked to as extremely common. Celebrities are getting divorces almost everyday. Celebrities are also getting plastic surgery to better their appearance. This trend makes it even harder on our society. Television shows. making it seem as if a person must be perfect to be successful in this business." make plastic surgery seem almost as if it is "the thing to do. It now seems that divorce is expected with those couples who are in the media. Cosmetic surgery has also swept through our society and is becoming increasingly common as people want to look like their favorite celebrity and be more beautiful." "Extreme Makeover. Things seem as if there is no excuse not to have the perfect look. such as "I Want a Famous Face. "Extreme Makeover" and "Dr. most of the time because they think that it will help their career. This is absolutely ridiculous. and in turn. and it is no surprise that this trend is seen with celebrity couples." "I Want a Famous Face" takes mainly teens and tries to transform them into looking like a certain celebrity by giving them multiple cosmetic surgery procedures.fortunate enough to make millions. 90210. This sends out a message that a person's own identity is not good enough. which then causes lack of selffulfillment. have created the meaning of divorce to not really have much meaning anymore. and even sometimes as a good thing. Divorce is also much more common in our society. this has allowed our society to look at divorce and view it with less and less significance. 90210" make plastic surgery seem like simple procedures and send out the message that a person should get plastic surgery if they do not feel that they have the perfect body." and "Dr. This has changed many people into constantly thinking that they are not good enough or good looking enough. Because these divorces are publicized as normal. .

Although I do feel that the entertainment industry has negatively affected the minds of people in society. Self-fulfillment and confidence are key ingredients for true happiness. no matter the way they look. as well as a change from huge corporations. there will only be an increased chance that things might change for the better. which is not an easy task. need to be recognized and changed somehow so that our minds are not clouded with this idea of celebrity perfection. which could further help myself and others to know how this might be changed. it is good to want more and strive for higher goals. it will take a tremendous amount of societal change. With more people expressing concern over the negative images that the entertainment industry is creating. movies. I do not believe that the entertainment industry is bad. Studying this topic over the next few months will help me to understand what creates this obsession with the entertainment industry and all of its components. and not as the guide to a perfect life. Looking to the entertainment industry for just that. Transforming models and actors into more average looking people would be a huge start. will help many to be more satisfied and happier with who they are. and celebrities for what the "perfect" or "ideal" life is. making it difficult for some to be happy and content with the way they are. until a person reaches that state. or the amount of money they make. I want our society to stop looking to television shows. however. but these ingredients are becoming hard to obtain. such as those mentioned above. Why do we look to celebrities and the media for guidelines as to what should make a person happy when we should be happy with what we already have? Yes. it is important for them to be content with where they are. The entertainment industry will always have an effect on societal trends. although. I just think that many aspects of this industry. . entertainment. however. The media and entertainment industry are constantly sending out messages of what perfection is. we need to work towards the idea of these effects being positive on society.

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