Mass Media Images of Heroes
This paper examines how the mass media influences popular perceptions of heroes.
The paper scrutinizes how mass media affects the public perception of heroes and heroism. The paper first describes immense power of mass media through the example of the American television being regarded as a powerful force strengthening the presidential system. The paper argues that mass media enables public opinion to spread over wider geographic area. The paper demonstrates the popularity of sports heroes and explains the correlation the entertainment media has with fictional heroes in literature.
“What is a hero? And what has one got to do with television? The answer to that question which is really the question of how the mass media influence popular perceptions of the heroic and the Hero – is a complex one as are any significant questions that examine the relationship between mass media and the culture that produces, absorbs, reflects and reifies them.”