Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ January 2017


Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Conversations ~Youth (Male) #6:

I see a lot of images like ads on billboards, when I’m driving with my mom or dad and that’s fine with me. I know they are trying to sell things. And sometimes when I see something I want, like: running shoes or skateboards or let’s say technological devices, I ask for them as presents for my birthday or Christmas. I’m still really young though and if I get what I ask for or not, I still have the BEST parents. So I guess the ads do affect me because it makes me want to buy things.

I have a social media account. And I do go on the Internet.

My social media account is private, and when I’m using it: my parents supervise me. As for the Internet: I’m always looking for hockey videos. I like watching the plays. I want to be a better hockey player, so I watch and then practice the moves on the ice. That’s really all I look at on the Internet. Again, my parents supervise while I’m on the computer. I have the BEST parents because they care what I’m exposed to.

I watch age appropriate movies. But sometimes there is violence, and I don’t like it. You know, at school there are fights on the playground. There’s this one kid who starts a lot of the fights, but I think he has issues at home. And maybe the school doesn’t really know how to deal with him. So I try my best to defend myself, if he starts a fight with me. I don’t like violence at all. And it’s all around us. Even at school. So watching it on television or in the movies wouldn’t make me feel good.

I’m young and I can see the world as: Not the worst place, but it’s also not the best place either. I think it’s good to know about what’s going on in the world. Maybe I can make it a better place by being a good person. I’m learning that from my mom and dad. It’s probably why I can look in the mirror and smile at myself. I like what I see. And I like who I am. So I guess a have a pretty positive self-esteem.

All good things possible always…