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With the rapid advancement of technology mass media in society has been influenced and shaped by it This has influence in such a way that our daily day life are some how affected by this merging of mass media and technology This influence that it exerts has shaped American values and the way in which we view them Neil Postman Newcomb and Hirsch wrote two essays which agree and oppose to this statement respectively After reading and analyzing the two of them I realize it was very hard to compare them because they address two different themes The two of them influence my way of thinking on the subject and arouse my interest From both I gathered the positive and negative aspects as a starting point They made me start to think about this but afterwards I develop my own theories and ideas On my opinion mass media can influence society negatively and positively depending on how it is manipulated In the essay The Age of Show Business Professor Neil Postman states that television only has one objective to entertain He believes that Americans are every day more and more influence by the television He states that how television stages the world becomes the model for how the world is properly to be staged Postman 7 He explains by writing this that what we observe its what we act upon Another point that he gives detail on is that if we dont see diversion in the TV program we dont like it For example we dont go to a movie to watch the president give a speech we go to entertain ourselves to have fun and rest our mind That is why television in his believes does not require deep thinking or concentration it gives you all the information you need Television programs give you what your eyes want to see what you want life to be Its all an illusion of a
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