Happy Friday Everyone!!
I wanted to talk to everyone today about something I have actually been thinking about and have discussed in some of my classes.
The Media! It can be so brainwashing. Think of a world where there would be no television, no ads, and nothing subliminally pressuring you to do or buy anything. There are ads everywhere! On your apps in your phone, on your computer, outside, on TV.. etc the list goes on and on…
I am actually studying to be in advertisement and marketing, but I wanted you all to think a little bit here with me.
If any of you can refer with me to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” many people relate their reality to what is shown on television. They see stars on TV and want to look like them or buy what they have. Our vision of beauty is basically driven off of what society has told us to believe is beautiful. Magazines and commercials photoshop and recreate images that make us want to have or be like what they are advertising. Check out The Evolution Of Beauty. We must remember that it is just that, an illusion. An illusion to make us want to have the life that the company is selling. It is a consumer’s market. And boy do some of these ad’s do a good job.
Look around you, no one is perfect, no one actually lives the lives that are shown on TV. These “reality shows” I’m sorry to tell you but they are *spoiler alert* staged. And if the show is not 100% staged, you have to remember that you are not seeing everything. These producers gather loads of footage and piece them together, include voice overs and “confessionals” to create a story usually all having an introduction, a conflict, and a resolution. But this is what we crave and this is what we love, so there is no harm in entertainment, as long as you take it as that, and at only its face value.
I am not saying that i have not fallen victim to these ads, because believe me, i have, and i still sometimes do but I want all of you to think outside the box, go outside of the cave, and use your mind to think about the world around you. Spend more time outside and socializing. Like I’m sure most of you have heard before, ”Don’t believe everything you see on television.”
Random Fact: Recycling one glass jar, saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours.