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Q Describe and analyse the role of the media in Contemporary Irish Society Few people can deny the overwhelming effect the media has had in structuring the society in which we as Irish people exist in today Hundreds of sub-cultures have grown in this small country as a direct result of media presence From its small newspaper periodical based origins the media in this country and around the world has grown and multiplied in such a way as there is no-one in this country who doesnt depend on the media in one way or another be it a major or extremely minor dependence However with this power the media now has comes massive responsibility In the course of this essay I intend to examine in a hopefully unbiased manner the core role of the media in modern Irish society and in doing so draw some conclusions of my own Before media presence in this country Irish society was based on a simple rigid class system based primarily on wealth However since the global media explosion hundreds of sub-cultures have been spawned throughout this country The birth and growth of television and the Internet have led to colossal changes throughout the world we live in Ireland is no exception to this becoming exposed to new ways of life and wide varieties of small followings have grown and become mainstream as a result of media coverage in this country We only have to look at the youth of our country today to see the dramatic effect that the media has had on our society Such diversity could not have been dreamt of among the youth of Ireland sixty years ago While in the past Irish society treated children very much in a should be seen and not heard manner the Irish youth of today personify a very different attitude Freedom of expression is a valued asset amongst the Irish youth of today and
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