Quest asked students of Mumbai schools: What is the impact of media on society?
We are the ‘internet kids’, who spend their lives perfecting the art of making everything public. From our innermost thoughts to our daily routines, anything that we do, we make it a point to share it with the world, and I can’t help but blame the media circus! The initial idea behind “breaking news” and ‘page 3’ articles might have been to increase public awareness (and of course, to make the big bucks), the consequences of having a mediation system have been much more severe. It scares me to think that a bunch of papers or a few words spoken by a news anchor have more power on the way I look at the world than I myself do. The more this entity grows, the smaller the world will become and the only thing we will be able to do is keep up.
– Chayanika Iyer, RBK School, Mira Road (E)
Over the past 500 years, the influence of mass media has grown exponentially with the advance of technology. First, there were books, then newspapers, magazines, photography, sound recordings, films, radio, television, the so-called New Media of the Internet, and now social media. Today, just about everyone depends on information and communication to keep their lives moving through daily activities like work, education, healthcare, leisure activities, entertainment, travelling, personal relationships, and the other stuff with which we are involved. It’s not unusual to wake up, check the cell phone for messages and notifications, look at the TV or newspaper for news, commute to work, read emails, take meetings and make phone calls, eat meals with friends and family, and make decisions based on the information that we gather from those mass media and interpersonal media sources.
– Abhilasha Varma, Class X, St Xavier’s High School, Kashigaon
As media has its positive effect, it also has some negative effects on the society. Students and youngsters waste their time browsing internet. In movies violent scenes also create a negative effect. The crimes are increased. The role of media is very important in the modern world. It is a source which is directly related to moral values of society.
In today’s world the media is spread vast, it has been successful in creating negativity in the society.
So, the social media should be controlled at its best!
– Adwit Bhostekar, Class IX, St Francis High School, Vasai
The media is the most important entity in modern society. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent. In modern society, the role of media can’t be overruled. For 24*7 the human mind is exposed to it. It has become the “mirror” of the modern world society and reflects to the world what it has seen.
“Every coin has two sides”, thus goes the saying and it applies for media! In today’s world a notion is common, “A responsible media builds a healthy society”, has been wiped out to a great extent.
Without media, society is like vehicle without wheels. It is a bridge between government and people.
– Damini Thakur, Class VIII, Cambridge School, Kandivali (E)
Media is an industrial sector which influences the viewers to a great extent. Half the ratio are mostly influenced or updated by the service of the media. Now you see there are several ways to knowledge the viewers regarding the information delivered by the media. One of the biggest sources of gaining the information is television. In our new technology the media is expressed in newspapers and on the internet too.
So I think the main way the citizens are gaining information is more often visual. So in whatever way the media shows the content, it does create an impact on society.
– Deah Ghosh, Class IX, Ryan Global School, Andheri
Media can be defined as the main means of mass-communication. Media refers to the different channels we use to communicate information in the everyday world. It has helped us in many ways like sharing ideas beyond geographical boundaries, possibly even changing the world for the better.
Media in so many ways influences the society. Its importance is worth mentioning, as it has been the main source to inform people on political issues, current affairs, entertainment etc. Everyone can draw something from it ! Media plays a significant role in making the world a global village and to reduce communication gap amongst the people.
Sitting down and thinking about the daily rituals of the people it has become obvious on how much of a role media plays in life.
– Drishti Deenath, Class VIII, Cambridge School, Kandivali (E)
Social media has both negative and positive impacts on our society. People come to know what, when, where, who, why & How the things are happening. It brings about greater awareness among the masses about men and materials. Media educates people by giving information about food, health, employment, agriculture, technology, modernization etc. On the other hand there are also many negative impacts on our society. Media is a pillar of society, and a healthy society is not possible without a Healthy Media. Media should take responsibility to preserve culture. Media should understand the possible effects of their reports on public. Media affects us because we allow it; people must learn how to see behind screen.
– Gokul Nair, Class IX, St Francis High School, Vasai
The impact of media on society extends both social and political sectors. There are a variety of elements in each and media touches both sectors and each element. It should be noted that the element varies as well. Sweden is a highly connected, internet- savvy country that still has a high rate of newspaper readership and strong local and regional press. For three reasons, firstly it offers an intriguing, test case for studying, and the impact of media digitization on journalism and democracy.
On a social level, media has its greatest impact.
– Jay Monpra, Class IX, St Francis High School, Vasai
Media in today’s world has become a very important. Media touches each and every corner of life. Books once were supremely influential because they came first before newspapers, magazines, radio or television. Sound recordings and film still are influential. Radio and then television are very influential. As the 20th-century closed, TV exposed us to untold numbers of images of advertising and marketing, suffering and relief and violence, celebrity. The social media has raised comments on the race, gender, religion of the people. It has also led to unfair stereotyping which has become a part of social norms and thinking for generations. But also problems like Cyber Bullying and Online Harassment are increasing. Every politician wants his popularity to grow on the social media as social websites have played an important role in many elections.
– Risha Dutta, Class IX, Ryan International School, Malad
Media nowadays is considered a window for learning and is also considered to be our main window to the world. Media has evolved from simple text in papers, to voices in radios, to voices with pictures in television and movies, to the very broad and information packed Internet. But as we all know, media has changed and evolved since then. Media then was primarily used to deliver news across the town and to beef up the people with the information they need for their everyday life. Then, newspaper was the only form of media until radio came into the picture.
When radio came it became the most popular form of media. Then when television was born, it replaced radios and people turned to television for sources of information. But before the end of the millennium, internet was born. Internet is now the most popular form of media not only youngsters but also to adults because of its diversity and usefulness. As kinds of media evolve, contents also evolve.
– Mrunal Solkar, Class X, St Xavier’s High School, Kashigaon
By now, we are all aware that social media has had a tremendous impact on our culture, in business, on the world at large. Social media websites are some of the most popular haunts on the internet. They have revolutionized the way people communicate and socialize on the web. Social network offers an opportunity for people to re-connect with old friends and acquaintances, make new friends, trade ideas, share content and pictures and many other activities.
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides of social networking. Cyber bullying and online harassment, impact on privacy, impact on productivity, etc. Social media has its advantages and drawbacks. It is upto each user to use media wisely and judiciously.
– Vidhi Jain, Class IX, St Joseph’s High School, New Panvel
On a social level, media has its greatest impact. Viewpoints have been shaped due to the representation of different cultures, races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations. The two main elements of this are entertainment and news. While the representations should be taken at face value when it comes to entertainment, some representations have led to unfair stereotyping which becomes a part of social norms and thinking for generations.
One example is how a segment or culture within a race could and has come to represent the public’s view of that race overall-especially in the case of negative elements of that culture. Another example is both unfair standards of beauty for women as well as negative representation of women. In the case of negative representations, there might be individuals or groups that embody that particular element, but media is able to multiply the negative to the point where it becomes a public accept trait of women.
– Shubham Dubey, Class X, St Xavier’s High School, Kashigaon