Media's Effect on Society's Perspectives Essay
From Johannes Gutenberg's printing press ushering in the Renaissance to Timothy Berners-Lee's—the MIT professor often …show more content…
Despite disagreements between the overall effects of early childhood television viewing, it seems that nearly every expert suggests very limited time allotments for children. Functionalist theorists, especially, worry about the impact violent TV shows and twenty thousand commercials per year have on children at the elementary school age. The twenty thousand commercials seem almost moot when compared to the amount of product placement throughout the history of television and movies.
The media effect that probably most concerns functionalists however, stems from an overabundance of forced news. “Narcotizing Dysfunction” refers to this phenomenon by which one becomes desensitized to certain stories due to copious news coverage. On the surface, desensitization may not sound like a horrible thing but when wholly examined, one can see that narcotizing dysfunction leads to inactivity on the part of someone who could potentially help an issue. The reason for this occurrence comes from a dissonant feeling in one's comprehension of the issue at hand. The information overload, as Alvin Toffler aptly named it, leads to one alleviating