Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Does advertising influence or reflect teen culture?

For my assignment that I was recently given in class we had to answer the question, “does advertising influence or reflect teen culture?”  It took me a while to finally come up with an answer to this question because it could go either way, but I finally decided that I think advertising influences teen culture.  Advertising can influence teens in many ways, for example, how you act, what kind of clothes you wear or you shape, and what kind of music you listen to.

Advertising can affect the way that teens act, which influences teen culture.  Many teenagers will try to be like the people in advertisements, and will change to be like them.  This could be good in a way if they are trying to get you to help out in your community, but usually they are trying to get you to buy their product.  Many companies try to get teens to buy their product because they say its “cool”.

Fashion and your shape also take a very large role in teen culture.  Many teenagers say they need to wear the latest trends, but have you ever wondered wear these trends come from?  They don’t come from the teens themselves, they come from magazines and big corporations that draw you in by using a cool slogan or a hot model, says socyberty.com/issues/advertising-and-its-effects-on-teen-culture/ .  They also use models that are unbelievably skinny, which influences many teen girls to go on unhealthy and risky diets which will not help them, but hurt them.  Another thing is that you probably have never seen an “ugly” model before? You probably haven’t because it will affect the influence that the company has on teens.

Another major thing that influences teen culture is music, specifically MTV.  MTV has a lot of power on teens these days.  They can turn any band or artist into superstars with just a little marketing and some show time.  Teens seem to like whoever is played on MTV, which turns bands and artists into stars!

All of these things add up, giving teens less and less influence on their own culture.  socyberty.com/issues/advertising-and-its-effects-on-teen-culture/  also says that as we see more and more advertisements every day we should stop and think to ourselves, is this reflecting our culture or the big corporations.  We shouldn’t let the media control our whole life, take some control and decide some things on your own.

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