Mass Media And Culture Essay

1330 Words May 14th, 2015 6 Pages
Jordan Mendelson
Professor Velez
Mass Media and Culture
14 May, 2015
Critical Memo 3
(Part 1, Question B) When examining the link between the “third person effect” and the “media-teen loop,” it is important to look at the symbiotic alliance between the media and today’s teens because, in reality, each party looks to the other in the development of their specific identities. With all of the time, money, and energy spent trying to understand and capitalize on such a broad concept, one would think we would have a better understanding for how these systems work. However, in the Frontline documentary, “Merchants of Cool,” Douglas Rushkoff explains that "It 's one enclosed feedback loop… Kids’ culture and media culture are now one and the same, and it becomes impossible to tell which came first– the anger or the marketing of the anger." Something that is often neglected from these conversations is the psychological and emotional consequences teens face from the effects of having products and images being forced down their throats 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It has been argued for years now that the idealized body image shown in advertisements causes negative effects on a woman 's self concept and perception of body image. For instance, the striving need for bodily perfection, like the airbrushed and photoshopped models displayed in magazine and billboard advertisements, is thought to be related to eating disorders among teen girls. While the increase in eating disorders…

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