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Ward 1 Samantha Ward Professor Freeman RLC111 10 April 2007 The Media and Generation Y I grew up in a town where everyone had a lot of money and the goal was to impress each other with wealth. Unfortunately, I did not own as many expensive things as my wealthier peers, and I chose not to compete with my peers by impressing them with material things like a brand new Gucci bag or big, black, Channel sunglasses. I was originally content with what I didn’t have and did not exactly care as much about owning designer items as much as my peers did, yet it was difficult not to want more, especially when I was surrounded by and then ridiculed by kids who owned the things I chose not to have. I know that I live in a world where the media tries to convince me I should own many things so I will look my best, but I did not want to fall into the trap of being brainwashed by my peers, the media, or advertisements to spend money on unnecessary expensive purchases. I believe that these three things play a large role in luring kids into fashion statements that have produced clone-like effects on my generation, which has led me to believe that the media has misled my generation and me into believing that without money and material goods we will never be happy, which I think is wrong. Unfortunately, my generation is overly-entranced with the media, which probably explains why we allow ourselves to be influenced to buy what we see on television and in magazines and to strive for fake excellence by adopting the trappings that celebrities and advertisements promote.
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Ward 2 What I have come to realize is that my high school peers and I were never satisfied with our lives, because we felt that we had to look and dress like the celebrities we devoured in magazines or the characters we watched on television shows. I am aware that the media has influenced many generations, but I think that it has affected mine the most, and has caused my peers and me to no longer think for ourselves. I now wonder why young women from my generation have become so over-influenced by what we see on television, when in fact these shows are actually not real. How has our obsession with the media convinced us to believe we have to imitate the lives of celebrities instead of living our own lives? How has this in turn caused us to become over-materialistic? Why is it so difficult for us to wake up and realize we are following trends and idea that do not even really matter? I was part of a crowd that tried to mimic the lifestyles which we saw portrayed on
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