Visual Media

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Week 6
Shannon R. Newcomb
HUM/176
11/03/13
April Burge

Visual media has shaped American culture and values in many ways. There is a saying that life imitates art imitates life. This has been the truth as long as there has been art, and visual media is a form of art.
One way that visual entertainment has had an influence in American culture is in the way that we view the world as a whole. Some movies depict scenes is wars. This gives a glimpse into the trials of soldiers, government, and opposing forces that the average American may never experience. Even if the movie is an exaggeration of the events, it is still a look into scenes that few people will ever experience. One movie in particular that I can think of is Apocalypse Now. Many people opposed the war in Vietnam because of the politics behind the reasons that the United States were involved. Apocalypse Now allowed a view from the inside. Even though it was fiction, it was based on real life.
Romantic movies have also influenced culture and values. Some say that this genre of movie has given women an unrealistic view of how relationships should work. The movies always depict the guy getting the girl in the most fantastic way in imagination. This can cause women to have unrealistic expectations of men, and men having to try to mold themselves into the personalities of the male lead roles in these movies. As time has gone by, scenes that are acceptable in visual entertainment have changed with the times. In the early days of television, husbands and wives could not be seen sharing a bed. On today’s television shows, not only are they shown sharing a bed, premarital sex is common. I believe that this is a chicken or the egg situation. Even though premarital sex was happening, it was not a topic of discussion. In fact it was a source of shame. Once the rules of what can be shown…...

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