Society is an interesting term. There can be a lot of different layers to that terms. A society can be a small local community or the American society as a whole. According to dictionary.com. a society is a group of people who live together is some sort of ordered community. Society will share a multitude of commonalities and these commonalities are going to be reflected in the media that a given society creates. The media that a society creates, such as movies, books, television shows, and artwork, are going to reveal a lot of different things about that community. These different forms of media are going to reflect the things that define that society, are plaguing it, and pay homage to its history.
First and foremost, it reflects a lot of the commonalities that a society will share. From holidays, like the 4th of July to Thanksgiving, to the way that parents and children interact. These similarities will be reflected in the media of that society. This is not only done because it is the society that creates it, but it is the way that people are able to connect with the given form of media. If there is no way for people to connect, it is difficult for them to enjoy it.
Societies con experiences different trials and tribulations all the time. This is another way that media allows people to connect with what they are trying to portray. They will reflect, political, social, sexual, and generational issues within the plots of the stories that are being told in these various forms of media. This is another way in which media connects with the audience. The common issues allow people to understand the hardships that the characters are going through and feel the pain and difficulties in their situation. It also allows them to watch and relate to the journey that they take to reach their “happily ever after” ending.
Every culture has certain defined “roles” that they believe that each gender should adhere to. Those roles are reflected in the ways that men and women are portrayed in the different forms of media. For example, television of the 50’s showed women as homemakers and mothers. Women today are shown as firefighters, military professionals, mothers, politicians, and everything that you could imagine. Women have shattered those predetermined roles so that they are seen in all walks of life and in all types of situations. The media reflects on how the roles of women have changed in society.
Family makeups today are so different than they used to be. There are blended families, heterosexual parents, homosexual parents, blended races, religions, and political views. The meaning of family today is so much more about the love between two people and has nothing to do with the way that people think it should be. It is reflective of a society that is so much more accepting than it used to be. We define families more by the love that they have for one another than by the predetermined belief that there is a mom, dad, and a couple of kids. These new family dynamics are refreshingly shown in media all the time.
Media also exemplifies the definition of beauty in a given society. It shows what people of that society view as beautiful, whether it is people, characteristics, relationships, or stories. Different forms of media are where men and women alike figure out what other people see as beautiful. This is one of the reasons why media creators are taking time to make sure that they are capturing the true beauty and not what they think it should be. Beauty is different for everyone and this needs to be shown in the different media forms of a society.
This is not only true for American media but in media around the world. Websites like Anime Whiz discuss how the media of a given country reflects the society that produced it. This site delves into how Japanese culture is reflected in anime. The media is going to naturally be reflective of the society because things are engrained in people naturally and reflected in the things that they do and create. What people have to remember is that media needs to reflect the true times and society for which it is reaching, and it needs to be able to capture the honesty that society reflects.