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How does the media effect people's personal life?

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July 13, 2011 12:30PM

The Media has always had an effect on the public. First by education, giving them the news, current events, laws and the meaning of the laws. This is easily seen in looking at the newspapers in the American colonies during the period of the American revolution up through the 1800's, (19th century). Toward the end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th century, (1900's), newspapers and radio started using what is now known as 'propaganda' to influence the public to believe or act in a way toward which the media wanted. The father of propaganda was a man name Edward Bernays (born Nov. 1891 died Mar 1995), he was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and member of President Woodrow Wilson's administration.

NOTE: Working with the Pork producers he came up with one of his earliest known propaganda campaigns. He had a group of Doctors sign a study explaining how important it was to eat when you first woke up in the morning. He then had them agree that Bacon and Egg's where the best foods to eat for this first meal. They ran ads in newspapers, magazines, wrote it into movie scripts and on Radio. The sale of Pork and egg's skyrocketed and to this day most American's still believe Bacon and Egg's are the perfect breakfast meal.

So in closing you see the Media has a great effect on the public. It is up to you to take everything the media tells you with a 'grain of salt', (use your own ability and knowledge to ensure it is true). A teacher once told me; don't believe anything you hear, until after you research it for yourself!