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Media n Society!

This semester, I have taken one core class on Mass comm theory for research. It is a very interesting and wonderful class and all the more so with my favorite professor teaching this class. He is an excellent mentor and teacher and that is all together a story for a separate blog post! 

So, now talking about the classes, we have this  every Wednesday. Just like any other American university, we have loads to read before the class and that is usually the discussed the next day/week/session. The readings given for this class is of course, interesting and thought provoking. Yesterday's  class discussion had one reading on Payne study which is about the media effects on children. It was one of the oldest and earliest study done to understand the effects of movies on children. It did take me back to various train of thoughts. I am a very creative person, or at least one who loves a creative and expressive form of communication to paint my thoughts. I appreciate creative ideas and thoughts. I have always loved story telling (in fact, even now I do enjoy) and I think that is a wonderful medium to communicate some delicate issues to people. 

In the class we had a healthy and intellectual discussion (My class has some astounding set of students and surely, the discussions are usually good) about wether media/movies/ad influence or reflect society/life/culture? 

Picture courtesy : Google image search. Mark Parisi off the mark cartoon
This is a question that has been in my mind for long. I was wondering what or who influence what or whom ? So, how does this work? It is surely difficult to answer. Like how I answered in my class- it depends on which side you are :P. When a movie or an ad is played then there are certain things that spark a change in the attitude of people who "consume" the message.

We are human beings. We think. We process information and mind (brain) works in a manner that we  most often tend to work within the limits of what information is provided and what we process or dont process. Somehow, the culture has shaped and formed the way it started or it was laid down by that "one". For instance, we adapted drinking, smoking, offering diamond rings as token on wedding day. Even fashion. Things that people see and watch and they follow, that is the trend! Else, why would things that no one would have even imagined or tried, become the "mantra" for everyone after it becomes a trend? 

Well, what i actually wanted to say or ask is does movies/ad/tv influence the society/culture or does it reflect? Yes, it is true both ways, but which is the one that happens most? 

Do leave your comments. 

I have just babbled on and just written some crap but never mind. These are just thoughts i wanted to share. 

Have a great weekend in advance. 

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