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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the media?

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khalfalla | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM via web

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the media?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM (Answer #1)

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The major advantage of the modern mass media is that it can provide us with huge amounts of news and of entertainment quite easily.  This enriches our lives because it makes us better informed and it gives us things to do at all times.

There are many possible negatives about the media.  Culturally, having a mass media can push us towards having a single culture.  It can destroy regional cultures within a country and diminish the differences between different nations.  Media can also have a huge impact on the values we have so that, for example, our children might develop bad values if they are constantly exposed such values in the media.

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted June 14, 2015 at 8:13 PM (Answer #2)

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This is a really loaded and great question! There are many advantages of the media. Nowadays it is so easy to get the latest breaking news. We are able to stay up to date on what is happening around the world. All we need to do is turn on our computer or smart phone and we can instantly have the news. We are able to see what other cultures have to offer. We are able to see how indigenous people are living in their own communities. The media offers a great outlet for people to learn more about other people's beliefs and values. It is a great tool for teaching children about other cultures, as well.

On the flip side of all the great things the media offers us, there are many dangers to be seen with how much media we are exposed to. Too much information can cause mass panic in some cases. If there is a wide outbreak of some mysterious illness in a foreign part of the world, then some people may become panicked that the illness might come to where they live. The media can also be a bad thing with our children. Sometimes the media has a way of making kids thing that there is only one to look or believe. Kids are thinking that what they see is the norm and they will do whatever they can to be like everyone else. Creativity and uniqueness has become something that is looked upon as bad in the media. 

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