Audience Responses to Media – Can It Affect Who We Are?

Audience Responses to Media – Can It Affect Who We Are?


Media can have a big impact on our daily lives, the things we talk about and the things we do.  Can it really manipulate who we are?


There are many theories out there about advertising, healthiness, body image, children’s, education and violence.  This is just the tip of the ice burg and according the questionnaire I sent out most 16 – 19 year olds spend 1 – 4 hours of their week watching TV or films.  This is a long time for students to become manipulated by what they’re watching.  Some say that it has no effect at all, but I believe it does and not necessarily always in a bad way.

When the final episode from BBC’s Sherlock series 2 (The Reichenbach Fall) was broadcast it stirred up a debate amongst the fans.  How did Sherlock fake his own death?  This became a talking subject and ultimately groups would discuss this and even create logical theories for the character.  That final episode brought people together with the same love for the series, possibly creating new social groups.



2 responses to “Audience Responses to Media – Can It Affect Who We Are?

  • adambutt2

    Can’t believe we have had to wait this long to find out how he faked his death, we still don’t know even now.

  • philpott24

    This links into fan culture responding to the show, expanding on ideas and creating their own content based on it. In this case many people on YouTube and blogs have posted their idea of how he faked his death however when the next series is broadcast we will see if anyone was actually correct.

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