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Esther Kang October 16, 2010 Expository Writing 101 The Power of Media Most humans tend to have the false belief that they, themselves, create their own “character” or image of “self”. It is plausible for them to think in such a manner because they believe that only they are in control of their life and the way they act. Just because they choose their own actions and words, it does not always necessarily mean that only they control their lives. Previously performed experiments and written pieces validate the idea that humans have less control over their own lives. Instead, they are more influenced by the media around them. Human character is an unstable aspect in which humans have very limited control over; their true image of “self” and identity is heavily dependent on the social world and media that has the most power in the social world. As one of the most prevailing and influential resources in the world, media has existed in the world for many centuries and has caused a variety of good and bad consequences in people’s lives. Depending on the way that people view the media, it can result in a good or bad change of self. It has the power to change people’s behavior and affect their experiences. Since the beginning of the ancient times, media existed in the form of newspapers and manuscripts. For example, the Egyptians would use paper made of papyrus in order to display hieroglyphics that told stories of the pharaohs’ lives. Over the centuries, it has evolved into magazines, radio commercials, television commercials, and even ads on the Internet. The inevitable power of media is growing and intertwining its way into the everyday human life.
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Though it is not direct, the effect of media is so powerful that it has control over the character of humans. One possible consequence that media could result in is the downfall of the human image of “self”. In a manner, it may even set an example of the way life should be lived. Jean Twenge is an author who writes about self-esteem in her piece, “An Army of One: Me”. While focusing on the aspect of self-esteem, Twenge also mentions the effect that media has over humans and their self-esteem. “Magazines, television talk shows, and books all emphasize the importance of high self-esteem for children, usually promoting feelings that are actually a lot closer to narcissim” (Twenge 763). As Twenge mentions, such forms of media promote the idea of self-esteem amongst young children. Through activities such as the “BE A WINNER Self-Esteem Coloring and Activity Book” (Twenge 764) and posters that say “We Choose to Feel Special and Worthwhile No Matter What” (Twenge 766), children and adults not only
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