Psychological Comfort Essay

1102 words - 5 pages

In modern society, the outstanding technology has brought human to a bright new age that people are more likely to value the materiality. Then more problems are raised from the technological development and further implicated with human emotions and basic desires. For example, in Don Delillo's novel "White noise", the fear of death is emphasized and given a new definition that fits into this lopsided modern society, which is overwhelmed by all kinds of information from mass media. People unconsciously dedicate more onto the stories that media made up for them, distracting the awareness of death by focusing on the mass media culture that as a ramification from this modern society. Eventually, people are swamped by those "plots" of mass media for getting away from something that are ironically weaken their basic abilities in life.

Those advertisements and news on the television has the major impact into human's brain on reducing the ability of thinking. In Don Delillo's novel "White Noise", Babette has made a rule of her family to watch TV to be immune of the negative effect of mass media. "She seemed to think that if kids watched television one night a week with parents or stepparents, the effect would be to de-glamorize the medium in their eyes" (16) In fact, the behavior that she does would only draw a vague line in children's brain, which merely hocusing the ability of feeling in the real world. This main focus of teaching people to be mean and tough as the best way to survive seems doubtful, where Jack thought "The evening in fact was a subtle form of punishment for us all... Denise used these occasions to counsel the younger girl on toughness, the need to be mean in the world, think skinned." (16) Human beings are emotional animals, that's why we can sense the fear of death and choose our ways to deal with it. Watching more information from mass media would further influence human's brain, also weakening their abilities of thinking on their own.

Or sometimes, people choose to cheat themselves as to live easier in life. Even though they are able to do their decision wisely by thinking critically, they tend to set back and depend on those narcotic "plots" which made by advertisers. In essay "Big and Bad", Gladwell has implied the way the mass media influence people; a experiment of university of Pennsylvania is presented, "Dogs were restrained by a harness, so that they couldn't move, and then repeatedly subjected to a series of electrical shocks. Then the same dogs were shocked again, only this time there could easily escape by jumping over a low hurdle. But most of them didn't, they just huddle in the corner, no longer believing that there was anything they could do to influence their own fate."(448) In other word, those dogs are lost hope and the motivation to think since they give up doing it. There are so many advertisements on the television today saying that they represent the truth, without any consideration for the audiences....

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