Media Exposure And Limitation Essay

1537 words - 7 pages

Harrison Diesl
Hurt
AP Lang 1B
November 20, 2013
Media Exposure and Limitation
One of the fastest evolving mediums for communication that has been made available to those in almost all financial situations is televised media. Television is viewed every day by millions of people in America. Blockbuster movies grace the screens of thousands of movie theaters, television shows run out new episodes every week at eight. Nearly every United States citizen watches TV every day, but do any of them stop to think about the effect? Do television shows or games send a negative message? Are they influencing the behavior of the impressionable? Odds are that many citizens ponder these questions, and then decide that the rating system currently in place shields society from these issues. That assumption would be incorrect. Society is under the influence of media ideas and messages, and the current systems in place to prevent abuse of media simply do not work anymore. I propose that the current rating systems of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) be refined and more heavily enforced in order to stop the behavioral change in society generated by media influence.
As it stands, the current media rating system has been fairly lenient with enforcement of said ratings. The MPAA divides movies into five categories: “G” for general audiences, “PG” for suggested parental guidance, “PG-13” for parents cautioned for children under 13, “R” for restricted to 17 and older without parental accompaniment, and “NC-17” for no one 17 and under admitted at all. The ESRB imposes a similar system, albiet with more specific age groups: “eC” for early childhood, “E” for all ages, “E10” for everyone 10 and older, “T” for teens 13 and up, “M” for mature teens 17 and older, and “AO” adults only 18 and up. Within both rating systems, the top two ranks remain the most heavily enforced, with theaters and stores actively checking the IDs of patrons, but the other ratings are currently almost vestigial. If a child looks thirteen, he could easily enter a PG-13 movie, despite being a tall eleven year old. He could buy a T rated game without having to prove his age. This rating system cannot be effective if it is not wholly enforced. Children are psychologically impressionable at a young age, and many fear that any exposure to negative ideas may cause lasting effects that continue throughout adulthood. Censorship of media has already been the cause of a heated dispute between parents in America and the Supreme Court, as an attempt to censor media material violates the First Amendment, freedom of press. By limiting distribution and availability instead of changing the material being distributed, the First Amendment remains untouched and children are still relieved of some negative messages.
The effects of these messages manifested in a spike in the violent crime rate of the United States which occurred in 1965, “when...

Find Another Essay On Media Exposure and Limitation

Critically Assess the Media Effects Model of Communication

2623 words - 11 pages slasher films (Carter, 2003). This suggests that frequent exposure to violent media could desensitise its viewers and lead to a diminished emotional response to a negative stimulus (Carter, 2003). One of the main limitations of the media effects debate is that is assumes audiences to be passive. This is unpalatable as individuals like to believe that we have free will and control over our actions. The media effects debate however is extremely

An Evaluation of Body Image and Self-esteem

1206 words - 5 pages as its' importance. Discussion (Overview) The purpose of the study is to identify the effects of body image and self-esteem, and how they're displayed in the media. Several studies assume that the exposure of thin-ideal images increases body dissatisfaction. (Stice, Maxfield, and Wells, 2002) The studies show that body image has an effect on females. A quantitative study will be conducted. Examples explaining the relationship of between the

The Effects of Public News on Political Knowledge

2224 words - 9 pages This study investigates further the relationship between exposure to specific news media outlets and changes in political knowledge in France. Previous studies have been conducted in the United-States and demonstrated that citizens gain their political knowledge more through reading newspapers than watching television. However, unlike the United-States, France owns a strong public broadcasting system. This paper aims to investigate whether the

Media and Violence

738 words - 3 pages ratio of other news. The limitation of public is largely its view of effects of exposure to media violence as aggressive behavior. It could be due to the fact that the public rarely considers that there may be effects that are physiological, emotional, attitudinal, and cognitive. Moreover, the public continuingly complains that there is too much violence that involves in the media, especially on television. As Karen Boyle (1999) drawing on the

Relationship Between Media Bullying of Celebrity Attractiveness and Body Image of Adolescents

1897 words - 8 pages accept the alternative hypothesis. Discussion The results support the research hypothesis showing a significant effect on exposure to media ‘fat shaming’ in gossip magazines and the perceived attractiveness of average looking women. The strength of the effect when coupled with the significance of the study’s findings would suggest the possibility of a strong relationship between media bullying of celebrity attractiveness and body image. Gossip

The Hitman Study: The Correlation of Violent Video Games and Aggression

625 words - 3 pages Tech Review Panel discovered that Seung-Hui Cho, the shooter, did not play video games at all. There are three theories that explain the link between violent video game exposure and aggression. They are the social learning theory, catharsis hypothesis and mood-management theory. The social learning theory suggests that aggression is a learned behavior through a procedure called behavioral modeling. In regards to violent video games, it suggests

Literature review

1483 words - 6 pages of those who have been altered by unrealistic images in the media. Even though the research has stated that exposure to magazines and ideal images may lead to body dissatisfaction, the opposing underlying notion is equivalently plausible. Therefore, whether or not such adverse affects on body image was the result of magazine ads or was merely a cause and effect correlation, can only be uncovered through longitudinal research. It is quite

Social Media Marketing

1313 words - 6 pages 3.Findings 3.1 Benefits of social media marketing on the market and its affects on the businesses 3.1.1 The increasing exposure effect of social media marketing on the businesses Social media marketing has several adventages for businesses.Increasing exposure is one of the most significant benefits of social media marketing. To exemplify, since according to the World Internet User statistics, there are currently 2,405,518,376 Internet users

Marketing Plan

1346 words - 6 pages online promotional video can get a global exposure and it is available on multiple screen such as computers and smartphones. PBS could post their promotional video on Facebook, twitter, youtube, official webpage etc. Promotional video is a rich media, it is eye catching and interesting. If a person like the video, he/she may share it in their social media sites and increases the scope of the advertisement. 7. Create a Skype account PBS landline

The Effects of Violence in the Media

2678 words - 11 pages exposure? These are just a few of the slew of questions that have been asked by psychologists over the years about media violence. The first article that I found that deals with violence in the media may not pertain to the adolescents and youth of this nation, but it does pertain to the younger adult crowd and how they view a situation in news articles. The article is called “Race, media, and violence: Differential racial effects of exposure

Is Media Violence Harmful on Children?

962 words - 4 pages in order to lead an ideal life. Of course, this all depends on whether the effects of the exposure to media violence that have taken place or short-term (immediate) or long-term. To understand this concept, first we must understand why it is that media violence attracts children.In their early years, children under the age of five, are influenced and attracted to vivid production features, such as rapid movement of characters, rapid changes of

Similar Essays

The Negative Effects Of Mass Media And Exposure To America’s Youth

1098 words - 4 pages superstar lifestyle, full of magazines covers, publicity, and TV shows” (Anderson) Reality shows now glamorize teen pregnancy by turning them into reality celebrities, appearing on the cover on Magazines, and even being offered spin-off shows(Zakkiyya Anderson). As a result, the exposure of mass media has influenced children through the use of music, TV, film, internet, and engages youth in sexually activity according to researchers at

Media Violence Exposure In Aggressive And Control Adolescents: Differences In Self And Parent Reported Exposure To Violence On Television And In Video Games

1031 words - 4 pages The Purpose of study is to investigate differences in media violence exposure between groups of adolescents with and without Disruptive behavior disorder with aggressive features. The Study that was used was case controlled design and multi method assessment. The studies that were done previously was samples of 27 adolescent ages 13 and 17 with Disruptive behavior disorder with aggressive features and 27 age gender IQ matched controls completed

What Is Exposure Assessment? Essay

546 words - 3 pages limitation of knowledge in occupational exposure assessment. Example of this type of uncertainty are limitation in industrial hygiene monitoring instrument or the limited availability of actual exposure level of workers population or limitation in method of analysis. (Bullock and Ignacio, 2006; Keil et al, 2009; US EPA2008) Among studies of variability in occupational exposure assessment, several studies have investigated effect of variation in time in

The Agenda Setting Function Of The Mass Media

2307 words - 9 pages public, which is one important component of affect. To verify their argument, three hypotheses and one question have been tested, which are (1) there will be significant correlation between the public’s affective emotions toward the candidates and exposure to media images of the candidates’ nonverbal expressions of emotion. (2)There will be significant correlations between the public’s cognitive evaluation of character traits of the candidates and