Media Controls Your Mind

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Media has an affect on the popular culture more than most people think. It is simply everywhere you go and unavoidable. So either way you look at it, the mass media occurs in a person’s life on a daily basis. Which has a severe effect on the choices you make and the morals you live by. One cannot trust everything they see on TV either. Most commercials you would see today are overly exaggerated just to persuade consumers into buying the product. For example, in the 1930’s America’s first “drug czar” Harry J. Anslinger, began one of the world’s greatest public relations campaigns just to demoralize marijuana by telling apparent lies to society and persuading them to believe it. Such as that marijuana is more harmful to the body than alcohol, and tobacco. 70 years later people still believe the lies even after decades of scientific proof. Seeing as how media can “control your mind” we as a whole need to be more aware of it on a daily basis. The mass media has a responsibility to use only truthful explanations as opposed to exaggeration when arguing against the legalization of marijuana. The campaigns that Anslinger participated in consisted of many movies, musicals, and advertisements all demoralizing the usage, and or the distribution of marijuana. The promotion of marijuana making you insane was his main theme throughout his claims. Every single one of his claims missed some very important facts that make them obviously false. Studies over the years has proved that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, and it is not a “gateway drug” leading to the usage of other drugs. Harry tried to promote these falsely claims to the general public just so that it would stay illegal. He even tried to say that a kid from Florida that killed his father, mother, two brothers, and sister was due to his newly formed habit of smoking marijuana. That is a very…...

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