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College : Reflection Paper on A Piece of Influential Media


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1.Well I used to be a heavy cigarette smoker, I had this bad
habit for almost five years until last year; I decided to never
smoke cigarettes again. A lot of people asked me how did I quit so
quick and easy without any therapy or medication to use, well there
was only one answer to all these questions, and it was the caution
ads the cigarette packages had on them. These ads showed very
disturbing images on the pack showing ill patients and had warnings
about what cigarettes can cause. These ads slowly stopped me
purchasing cigarette packs because the images would disturb me a
lot and these pictures made me wonder if I would ever become that
ill, after realizing it would I stopped using cigarettes. The
biggest helper was the disturbing ads and smoking kills warning
on the pack. It made me self-aware about the harms of cigarette
smoking and even being around cigarette smokers. I believe its a
good way to remind smokers to realize what theyre doing is wrong,
and its killing them slowly but surely. It reminds people about
the importance and urgency of what cigarettes can cause very
specifically using disturbing images, and this is also a great way
to prevent young smokers because images will discourage children
and even get them scared. If these warnings and images could
make someone like me quit, I believe it can help much more people
who are not aware of what it could cause in the future. These
warnings influenced me to do something very healthy in my life, and
I know it will make millions more because its a good way to steal
the attention of someone and making the fonts big and using
disturbing images makes an impression. I believe
advertisements that are useful to humanity should be promoted more
and in the better way to influence the whole world.

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Generation Like
Currently we are living in a world where social media is playing
an huge role. Companies are using to promote products and people
are trying to get famous by trying to make viral videos.
Companies are making money and advertising their product by our
likes, follows and reposts, technically we are the ones who is
making money for these companies by showing our interest on things.
In the movie Generation Like, I realized that Steven, the guy who
started uploading skateboard videos started with a couple of
hundred views but than he realized people were getting more views
if they had models or attracting girls in their videos so he
started using them and he started getting thousands of views. I
felt like it was the same thing companies were doing in their
advertisements to sell products, objectifying women that we
saw in Killing Us Softly, that was something I realized and
connect it with this video. After doing little research on Youtube,
Its true that videos that have women have more views in general
than others. This topic is also something that Im familiar because
I use to have gaming channel a couple of years ago, it wasnt a
major thing back than, I would only get 50 to 100 views but my
friend who is doing it currently has thousands of viewers and
thats why he got a deal from the gaming company. Which is really
weird to filter in your brain, my friend gets paid literally for
playing a game good and making people watch him. 10 years ago no
one would believe something like would happen but its happening,
from my point of view if I owned a company I would promote most my
products on the social media because millions of people are social
media users and its cheaper to promote your products on social
media than promoting it on the TV. I disagree with companies who
aggressively promotes their companies by putting ads all over the
websites, I feel like that just repels the customer.