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Journal Writing Project: Body image and the media


By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project



The media is often blamed for influencing the way that individuals feel about their body image. Many people of society have expressed concern with the way that the media presents its advertisements, photos, and overall appearance. The individuals of the United States are so used to being constantly bombarded with images of perfection that sometimes we don’t see the effect that it has on us.

Have you ever noticed that the media only presents images of perfection? Think about it, have you ever seen an advertisement featuring an elderly, disabled, or unattractive person? The answer is probably no, unless the advertisement was trying to sell you weight loss supplements, skin care, or any other product to enhance your look. This is because advertisements convince consumers that they need something additional to complete their overall appearance. The media works in tricky ways by telling society that it is necessary to be thin, but then at the same time convincing people that food will make them happy. The amount of pressure that is placed on individuals to be perfect is overwhelming. This can lead many individuals to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. One example of how the media affects body image was in the article Body Image and the Media: An Overview, written by Beverly Ballaro and Geraldine Wagner, where Harvard medical students illustrated the impact of media with the introduction of television to the Pacific Island of Fiji. Once Fijian girls were introduced to the standards of beauty presented in shows such as Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210, the occurrence of eating disorders increased dramatically. There had been nearly no instances of eating disorders in Fiji prior to the introduction of television to the island. In comparison, the United States has been exposed to the media for so long that media’s influence is often overlooked because it is a constant force that is affecting individuals regularly. However, advertisements aren’t the only problem that the media presents. Digitally altered photos are also an enormous problem. In today’s society, it is often difficult to know what is natural and what has been retouched or added in photos. For example, Justin Bieber recently released a Calvin Klein advertisement which featured him wearing nothing else but underwear, Calvin Klein of course. Little do most people know, but that famous photo had actually been digitally enhanced. His muscles made larger a .....
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, may ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, maybe ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: New Year’s resolution

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

While most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about losing weight or getting active, you could be making yours to save a pet in need. According to ASPCA (2014) there are approximately 7.6 million animals that are sent to animal shelt ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: New Year’s resolution

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

While most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about losing weight or getting active, you could be making yours to save a pet in need. According to ASPCA (2014) there are approximately 7.6 million animals that are sent to animal shelter ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Not just a ‘New’ Year

By Jeremiah Munson


Most people are aware of and participate in the tradition of a “New Year’s Resolution.” Whether you want to exercise more, spend more time with your family, or be a little more adventurous, New Year’s resolutions can cover just about every ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Not just a ‘New’ Year

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

Most people are aware of and participate in the tradition of a “New Year’s Resolution.” Whether you want to exercise more, spend more time with your family, or be a little more adventurous, New Year’s resolutions can cover just about every ..... 
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