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Influence of visual media
Josiah Catherman
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March 17th, 2013
Shawn Lorenzen

Influence of visual media
It is amazing the way that the visual media explosion of the 1900’s until present has shaped our culture. From the beginning with Edison’s Kinetoscope audiences have been amazed with the technology of film making. In the beginning it was very short and common everyday scenes that audiences watched, this has grown in the last 100 years into an industry that can duplicate any scenario and put the viewer in the front seat of any number of experiences right from the comfort of their home. The industry has shaped our values as Americans in many different ways. Young people who see films about the current era that they are living in are often mesmerized by the actors and the current fads and trends that they are displaying this is often the driving force for such things as style of clothes and even as far as shaping ones character. I remember when I was young watched the film Three Ninjas it was about three brothers that knew martial arts and they used them to protect themselves and their family. I was immediately sucked into the fantasy of being a ninja and fighting bad guys. This was my ultimate boyhood fantasy, and was for years. That was my personal experience with how visual media has shaped my cultural values and helped me determine what was popular. But I think that overall there are many things that were popularized by Hollywood films that transferred into our culture and helped shape it.
I think that the influences of visual media are a little bit of both positive and negative. When cinema first started getting big and Hollywood was recruited to help and get people to really get behind the decision of going to war it was a positive influence and got the American people united for a good cause. Now that we are living in an age that is much more…...

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