ArgumentativeEssay - Argumentative Essay In Mass Media Effects on American Values For English 101 In 1942 Judge Learned Hand stated “The hand

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Argumentative Essay In Mass Media Effects on American Values For English 101 In 1942 Judge Learned Hand stated “The hand that rules the Press, the radio, the screen, and the far-spread magazine rules the country.” What he was meant be this is that all main sources of mass media affect a country’s values, and whoever rules the media
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then also rules the country. Since judge Hand made this remark, new types of media have come forth, but the power of the media remains stronger then ever. For example, imagine a person at home watching their favorite show on Friday night when the commercials come on. First, they show beautiful models in a “Guess” Commercial wearing flashy new clothes. Next, there is a Nike commercial with their favorite athletes in great shape with their perfect bodies. Then they watch a Mercedes commercial introducing their newest automobile. All of a sudden, they feel insecure about themselves and who they are. They want to go out and buy that new wardrobe, get a membership at the local gym and go to the bank in order to get a loan for that new Mercedes. This is the effect the mass media have on American people. They advertise their products with super stars, and it makes people want to go to the store and buy the products. There is abundant evidence that the mass media help shape American values. The first main source of mass media in America was the newspaper. Newspapers have been used many times to influence Americans views. In 1704, the Boston News- Letter became the first regularly published newspaper in America. This day and age, there are over 10,000 newspapers published in the United States, and approximately forty-five percent of America’s adult population reads a newspaper daily. In 1771, the First Amendment of the constitution guaranteed the right of freedom of press; this signified the importance of newspapers (McClenaghan 225). One time newspapers were used to help influence American’s ideas was on January 25, 1898. The U.S.S. Maine entered the Cuban Havana Harbor when it suddenly and inexplicably exploded, killing two hundred fifty-four seamen. A New York Newspaper published by William Randolph Hearst blamed the Spanish for attacking the ship, and this sparked the Spanish-American
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war. The Spanish did not actually attack the Maine; this was only propaganda printed in the papers in order to give Americans a justifiable reason to go to war and move the Spanish out of Cuba (Spanish-American War). Newspapers and propaganda also played a crucial part in American history during WWII. The papers wrote how Americans
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This homework help was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Viola during the Spring '08 term at Glendale Community College.

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