A few weeks ago I watched a documentary about how women are portrayed in the media. It talked about how even as women are being treated more equally in this age, women are still portrayed in a poor light when it comes to anything from politics to what a “beautiful” female body is shown to be through advertising and entertainment. The documentary made me think about my major and how someday, no matter how large or small of a part I play, I will be contributing to trends and social media that is almost guaranteed to influence at least one person.
I am not only majoring in communications but I am minoring in advertising in a society that is so manipulated by the ads and campaigns they see and hear. It is all too often advertisements fool, dishearten, or spark the selfishness in all of us while spreading consumerism and want for unnecessary objects or feelings.
Of course not all advertisements are negative or seek to deceive but as a Christian I needed to decide what kind of image I want to communicate through the media to humanity. I have decided to only produce images, words, campaigns, articles that will only better our world and generate positivity rather than bitterness in society. It has always been a goal of mine to work for an honorable, humanitarian or nonprofit organization and this is one goal in which I will not budge. It is so easy to spread hopelessness and pessimism in day where with a touch of a button hundreds of people can read our words within minutes and I hope to never do this. I have chosen to use the education and opportunities that God has given me to only create good for the world, to better the lives of others and to share His love for us all.