The media has influenced our lives in such a way that the first thing we do when we wake up and the last thing we do before we go to sleep is check a media source for some sort of information. I do agree with what the author says about living in a society that relies on this information coming in from the media to communicate and complete daily activities. We base everything from what we eat, how we dress, and what we buy on media messages. We also watch what celebrities wear and buy and maybe subconsciously a part of us believes that if we wear those clothes and buy those products, we can be like them. We put a certain amount of trust in the media to give us accurate information. For example, when we decide what to wear for the day, we look up the weather and see if it will be hot or cold or rainy or humid. We often get dressed before even stepping outside to see what it feels like.
Young people are especially affected by media because they are the technology generation. They are constantly bombarded by these media messages and do not have the skill to filter out any which one. I do agree with what the author says about young people wanting to be accepted by their peers. If they see someone in a movie who is beautiful and successful and has certain characteristics or does things like smoke cigarettes or act violent, this will portray the idea of a successful person and may manifest in a young person’s mind. This pertains to advertisements as well. The media has a way of saying “if you don’t do this, or you don’t wear this, you can never be a beautiful, talented, successful person.”
The author does seem to have a lot of knowledge on the subject, but I think this article is more opinion-based than research-based. Although I do agree with most of what the author has to say, there is only one statistic to support his information and he uses three YouTube videos. As we all know, anyone can make anything and put it on YouTube. I also feel like the author just threw in those three videos and did not incorporate them into the article and let the videos prove a point for him. I definitely think this article is useful and has a lot of truthful information, but I don’t believe it to be a trusted source because of the lack of research.
Edit: I realized that there is no name attached to this article. It is simply a username on a site where presumably anyone can post anything. This makes the source even less credible.