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Journal 3Up to date, people have varied perceptions of the media. Some see the positivepossibilities, while others fear its dangers. Print media was the first to be invented, and in thenineteenth century, this type of media was attributed with corrupting and destabilizing thesociety. In the same century, for example, print media mobilized working people and facilitatedthe formation of trade unions. The author clearly shows how the print media slowly surpassedthe state and the church in terms of distributing information. Initially, there were four "estates";the judiciary, the parliament, and the church were responsible for issuing information to people.The media became the fourth, and it would comment on, criticize and investigate the informationissued by the other estates. This is the origin of freedom of the media. The print media wasaccused of corrupting the minds of women and teenagers, especially romantic novels; forexample, Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscurewas banned for moral dangerousness andbroadening the minds of women. Further technological advances took place, and other types of media were invented; theseinclude the internet and televisions. These were accused of causing more damage to culture andmorals since it became easier for the audience to mimic what was being displayed and thus a fastchange in morals. It was feared that political leaders could use the media to control the people aswell as spreading fake news. Up to date, we witness politicians and other influential individualstrying to misuse the media, but since the time it was accorded the mandate to be independent,this becomes impossible. Likewise, media can badly affect our health, whereby junk foods andother unhealthy foods are advertised, which tempts us to buy. Still, the media is slowly erodingour culture; most people are tricked into following the culture of celebrities and other influentialbeings openly displayed on TVs or social media platforms like Facebook; thus, abandoning their
own culture. The media influences consumerism through advertisement. But according to Frink,advertisement is repetitive and may piss off some consumers or lead to compulsive consumptionwithout considering the future impacts.Despite all these fears, the media is quite important in the transmission of information.Reading the article will enable me to avoid sites that require parental guidance, as it can corruptmy mind. I would use communication media like computers and televisions for learning andeducational programs only. ReferenceO'Shaughnessy, M., & Stadler, J. (2012).Media and society. Oxford University Press.Journal 4The author, Edward Said, compares orientalism with the difference between east andwest. It involves studying the culture and ways of living of the uncivilized nations during theEuropean colonial period. Europe was generally known as the west, while the countries fromother parts were called the east. There was a definite difference between these two parts. E. Said

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