Yes, it may be true that what we are constantly bombarded with may in fact be SEX, VIOLENCE, DRUGS and other ‘sinister’ themes and actions, but that is what our society craves when it looks to the media. It is like people want to see the bad things that happen in the world, they want to witness tragedies or anti-social behaviours.
When we talk about ‘old fashioned values’, that’s exactly what they are; old fashioned. Our society has progressed from the times when women couldn’t show their shoulders or ankles. Our perceptions of what it right and wrong have evolved from what they were 10, 25 and definitely 50 years ago.
It would be absurd to say that the media has no effect on us as a culture, it’s all around us, and unless you want to join a remote tribe in the amazon, it’s virtually inescapable. But can it really be blamed for our many issues.
The ‘effects’ model would suggest that this is the case, but we can see that it also presents many problems. It works backwards to deduce the cause of such acts as being the media by finding cases that could be construed as the by-product of mass media exposure.
Around early October last year, a house near my area caught fire due to an explosion. It was later revealed that the explosion was due to a home methylamphetamine operation. “WHAT DID THE HEADLINES READ?!?!” I’m sure you’re asking, well of course they all had something (1,2 and 3) to do with AMC’s Breaking Bad television series, (which coincidently was premiering its final season the following week).
So was it really a copycat crime due to the media’s brainwashing and desensitising nature, or was it just an illegal act that the news networks needed a label for?