Visual entertainment media has played a role in shaping American culture and its values in a variety of ways utilizing various methods such as television, video games, music videos, and the Internet. Crime, violence, fashion, foods, romance and education are just a few categories in which values can be molded or stem from by viewing visual media, all of which comes with both negative and positive aspects.
As people watch television and surf the Internet, they are subjected to tons of advertisements for various things. Advertisements may be for things such as products, services, activities and even political messages. These advertisements not only affect an individual’s mind, they affect culture as well. Advertisements help to set new fashion and trends; they can promote gatherings and political points of view. Advertisements draw us to shop for particular products and services based upon the marketing strategy and not the value we receive. They guide us to form opinions based upon their endorsement alone but also can guide us to, new and otherwise unknown of, products and savings.
With television, computers and video games common in most homes, the list is endless for the amount of information that transfers into our homes daily. Much of the information that we receive, changes the way people live their lives and how they react to situations around them. News broadcasts, programs, movies and streaming videos bring all kinds of information related not only to violence, drugs and crime, but also to education, development and religion. All this information influences people and brings upon change to American culture and values.
Social influences of visual media entertainment, comes with both blessings and challenges, as it can draw people together, and it can also push them away. Television programs, movies and gaming are known to bring people together socially with events such as, family movie nights or Monday night...
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