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 ~ March 2017
POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM
Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?
Conversation Series I:
So the VERDICT is in: Yes, Pop Culture mainstream media images and messages affect Self-Esteem. As answered in Conversation Series I, with twelve Youth: 6 Female/6 Male.
So my turn now: Yes! I believe on many levels it affects me, profoundly. It has an intricately layered effect psychologically, emotionally and physically. Pop Culture has the power to wire my brain negatively, so talking about it helps me to express how I feel about things. It makes me think about the words that will give my voice the power, to turn something negative into a positive. If I’m rewiring my brain into a positive force, then I’m helping myself navigate through life, with the best version of: Me.
On the flip side: Pop Culture is ART in many forms and it can be beautiful when it serves as a CONSTRUCTIVE force. Music, film, fashion, books etc…if it’s constructive: I’m in.
Words are powerful. Conversation is ART. My brain is off limits to the breeding ground of negativity. If I practice conversation in a creative way to express emotion, then I am reclaiming my voice in a world so determined to silence me. I want my ideas and impressions to nourish my psyche. If my psyche is healthy, then my outlook on life will be too.
On the Scales of Justice: I want my voice to count for something positive. I want my voice to mean something good. Even if the negative surrounds me, I want to know that my words can create positive where there is none. I have to believe that when my words lead to positive action, no matter how much I’m weighed down by the negative, I can still measure up with the power of the spoken word. My word is my Self-Respect and I’m in charge of that 24/7.
All good things possible always…