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How Does Mass Media Influence Our Society and Culture?

2 weeks ago   Real estate   Lahore   16 views Reference: 10015189

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The media influences our behaviours, emotions, physiology, beliefs and of course, our attitudes. Take a look at Pakistani news channels, social media, and all the transitory fads that are now popular. What passes for trendy conduct now may seem cringe-worthy and dated in a matter of weeks or even a month.

This indicates that the potential for both good and bad effects brought about by mass media is quite large and must not be undervalued. Nonetheless, what effect do media like news channels in Pakistan have on the country's social and cultural life? Let's have a look!

Positive Impacts of Mass Media

The positive effects of media are many. In reality, it has the potential to be a significant factor in the improvement of our society. Imagine some positive results, like these:

Raise the Level of Awareness

More people will be aware of problems like politics and global crises if they see them discussed on live TV news and other social media. Raising awareness is crucial because it prompts us to consider these factors. Moreover, pondering the problems we face as a society might help us find viable answers. Even if it doesn't, it may show us how to make our own unique contributions.

Bring the Matters to Light

The increasing knowledge and information shared on Pakistan news channels live have the potential to bring topics such as political difficulties to life. Consider the conflict that has just broken out between Russia and Ukraine.

Younger people and others who do not live in such nations might have little understanding of what is happening there. Problems, however, are brought to life for the entire world to observe for themselves thanks to our instant and constant connectedness with the rest of the world via news, social media and the internet.

Support Minorities

There is no doubt that mass media has played a vital role, and the major Pakistani news channels have always given a voice to the minority. Furthermore, there is the power of numbers. Previously, the majority may have been able to drown out the voices of the minority. But doing so is now far more challenging.

Even if they might be in the minority, it doesn't imply they don't have valid points to make or that they're wrong. Problems can't be solved and conflict avoided without thinking outside the box and generating ideas that aren't the norm.

Motivating Factors

Both our private and professional lives would benefit from the motivation provided by the media. Sometimes, all it takes is seeing a documentary on a profession or industry to know that's the one you want to devote your life to. We could be inspired to start our own enterprises after seeing something on TV that we think might work well for us.

Negative Impacts of Mass Media

The widespread influence of the media on people's thoughts, feelings, and actions can be used for good, or it might happen in unexpected ways.

Violence

The potential for violence is one area where live news channels and social media might have unintended consequences. The news on television, for example, might reinforce people's stereotypes that people of a certain race are responsible for crimes like burglaries and shootings that have occurred recently. In actuality, members of many other racial groups, including our own, are guilty of such heinous acts.

The media have the potential to intentionally or unintentionally provide an inaccurate image. In this particular instance, the fault lies only with a single distinct group. There's also the possibility that people in the audience have a prejudice that causes them to misinterpret the message. Specifically, this would be an example of their racial prejudice. There is a risk of violence either way.

Cyberbullying

People's beliefs about their own anonymity on the internet may sometimes lead to aggressive behaviour, including cyberbullying. When individuals expose themselves online, especially in the form of photos, they leave themselves vulnerable to bullying from others. Keep in mind the consequences of your online actions. You can never predict what other individuals with evil intent will do with that knowledge. Don't presume that other people are good just because you are.

Poor Mental Health

Individuals' mental health might suffer, including sadness and suicidal thoughts, if, for example, various live TV channels in Pakistan constantly broadcast bad news or if people only post the highlights of their apparently ideal lives on social media. Keep in mind that individuals will always highlight the positive aspects of their lives while downplaying or ignoring the negative aspects. In other words, you won't find much truth on your favourite social networking site.

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Inspiring FOMO with photos of people's glamorous lives from across the globe, social media will make you feel like you're missing out. In most cases, people's lives are not nearly as interesting as they portray them to be. In addition, there are times when it's okay to be conventional or even tedious. Don't allow other people to tell you how to live your life; instead, make your own rules and stick to them.

The Last Word

Although there are many positive aspects to mass media, there are also some very serious negative consequences. The best-case scenario is that news channels in Pakistan contribute to preserving a harmonious, cooperative culture by providing their viewers with accurate information. At its worst, mainstream media contributes to social instability by sowing discord. Be cautious of the sources you find yourself relying on. Think about where the information came from, the facts on which it's based, and your own gut feeling to get as close as you can to the actual truth.


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