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It Has Two Faces!!

 "Take care of the house; we'll be late. You can play after finishing your homework."
 "All right, mom. Have a good time."
 As soon as his parents left, a boy goes to a television and changes channels over and over. Finally, he stops at one channel and focuses on the scene of a bloody battle. The boy is shocked by the atrocious scene but keeps watching. He regards the violence as cool because he can be powerful over other people. This boy then grows up to be a gangster boss.
 The story is a extreme case. But actually, the media do make blood and violent scenes look cool.
 The mass media has become a spreader of pop culture. It made democracy come true and entertains people during their free time.
 The mass media was supposed to advance culture; however, it also gave us lots of bad effects because it has two sides.
 Televisions discussion shows criticize the sensationalism of the popular press, but most TV advertisements use sexy models to sell products.
 Television also insists that let's reduce class disparity and help the poor. But when you turn on the TV, you always see the life-style of the rich. If a poor character appears, he/she invariably meets a very wealthy partner.
 The mass media is not the instrument that communicates culture anymore; it is no more than a means to connect commercialization with stardom. Furthermore, the Internet is upcoming at breakneck speed towards our life.
 It is the time to educate the public on how to interpret the message from mass communication. First of all, we should recognize that the media have two faces and those faces are not always true. Let's select the beneficial messages from the mass media and reject the rest. Moreover, express your opinion via the Internet bulletin boards. That's how you participate in making a sound culture and contributing to promote diversified culture while make it abundantly.
 People can change and improve their faces through plastic surgery. The public could be the media's plastic surgeon. Let's perform the surgery carefully so that the mass media can have a fresh face.

Son Jin-lee  jinlee17@dongguk.edu

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