Task 2: the news media has too much influence in people's lives today and this is a negative development.To what extent do you agree or disagree

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Hermione granger

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With the advancement of modern technology, the news media has developed inexorably over the last decades, especially with the appearance of digital newspapers, giving this industry an even more solid place in residents' minds than ever before. However, a school of thought holds that such development does more harm than good for users and I agree.

On one hand, there are compelling reasons why this industry has such a huge impact on social life. Through news media, people can update the newest information not only around them but also in many parts of the world instantaneously and precisely without any effort, helping them to be on high alert of some hazardous situations. Take, for example, a broadcast news about an upcoming tornado can provide audiences with essential measures on safety grounds such as limiting the use of house appliances or daily commuting on that day. As a result, people are inclined to rely most facets of their life on media platforms to keep out certain dangers, making their lives much safer and more salubrious .

On the other hand, depending tremendously on those platforms is repeatedly found to do users disservices in both their conceptions and behaviours. Take an example, the information updated on newspaper articles is easily manipulated by privileged people including politicians, businessmen and executives of some big corporations, imposing the audiences on a particular way of thinking that will suit themselves. The corollary of such imposition may be the loss of critical thinking among citizens, leading to misunderstandings and distorted decisions.

In conclusion, although media platforms can provide audiences with tremendous benefits , counting on them too much is not a wise action due to their ability to brainwash the users.
 

englishgeek

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With the advancement of modern technology, the news media has developed inexorably over the last decades, especially with the appearance of digital newspapers, giving this industry an even more solid place in residents'(1) minds than ever before. However, a school of thought holds that such development does more harm than good for users and I agree.

On one hand, there are compelling reasons why this industry has such a huge impact on social life. Through news media, people can update the newest information(2) not only around them but also in many parts of the world instantaneously and precisely without any effort, helping them to be on high alert of some hazardous situations. Take, for example, a broadcast news about an upcoming tornado can provide audiences with essential measures on safety grounds such as limiting the use of house appliances or daily commuting on that day. As a result, people are inclined to rely most facets of their life on media platforms to keep out certain dangers, making their lives much safer and more salubrious .

On the other hand, depending tremendously on those platforms is repeatedly found to do users disservices in both their conceptions and behaviours. Take an example, the information updated on newspaper articles is easily manipulated by privileged people including politicians, businessmen and executives of some big corporations, imposing the audiences on a particular way of thinking that will suit themselves. (This is a good point!) The corollary of such imposition may be the loss of critical thinking among citizens, leading to misunderstandings and distorted decisions.

In conclusion, although media platforms can provide audiences with tremendous benefits , counting on them too much is not a wise action due to their ability to brainwash(3) the users.

Feedback

(1) I am not sure why you say "residents" here. A resident is someone that lives in a particular place, like "She is a resident in this apartment complex".

(2) latest would be better than newest. I would say something like, "people can get the latest local and international news as stories break".

(3) Brainwash is a strong word to use here, particularly in the conclusion, where you have discussed this previously.

Overall, not bad, but I don't think you answered the question directly.

The question is "Does the news media have too much influence in our lives?"

Do people change the way they act or think according to what is in the news? It is a deep topic and you could ask yourself what impact news has on your own life or the people around you?

If you provided some examples it would have been good. For example, if one person gets sick or dies from a vaccine from millions of doses, does reporting this news help or hinder countries trying to solve the pandemic.