Writing task 2:Some people think that the news media has become much more influential in people’s lives today and it is a negative development.

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jedah

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Question:
Some people think that the news media has become much more influential in people’s lives today and it is a negative development.

Do you agree or disagree?

Answer:
Some people believe that, nowadays, news media possesses the power to influence people's live and the results of this trend has led to negative impacts on the lives of people. I agree with this notion and believe that the omnipresence of news media these days has impacted people's live greatly and the irresponsible use of the influence over people enjoyed by these media outlets has led to deleterious effects on the society.

Firstly, at present, the number of news media outlets around the world has risen to a level never seen before. People, whether they like it or not, are exposed to news through print media and digital media every hour of the day. For instance, people watching TV are bound to come across news channels while shuffling through the TV channels and, likewise, those surfing the net will inevitably be exposed to news on the internet. This easy availability of news has resulted in an increase in interest among people to stay up to date with the latest developments around the world. People are likely to shape their opinions and form perspectives based on what they see and hear on the news. Therefore, these news media outlets have a huge responsibility since they have the the ability to influence and shape opinions of people. Indeed, it is no secret, however, that the majority of media outlets around the world, these days, are not objective in their reporting of events and lean towards one side or the other and they tend to propagate their hidden agendas to their audiences.

The effects of this development are negative at large. Hatred and intolerance among people has increased due to the hatred spewed and one sided pictures painted on such news media outlets. For instance, two friends who follow media outlets with opposite leanings are likely to fight and indulge in arguments after what they see on TV. Even family members are not spared these days and fights tend to break out due to being overly passionate and sensitive over certain topics. All of this has increased due to the increase in influence of news media over our lives and our likeliness to be affected by it. Moreover, certain news channels love to spread fear and depression among people by sensationalizing news and this has resulted in an increase in depression and anxiety in the society.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that, nowadays, news media has the power to greatly influence and shape people's opinion and this affects people negatively in more ways than one due to the irresponsible approach of majority of news media outlets.
 

englishgeek

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Some people believe that, nowadays, news media possesses the power to influence people's lives and the results of this trend has led to negative impacts on the lives of people. I agree with this notion and believe that the omnipresence of news media these days has impacted people's lives greatly and the irresponsible use of the influence over people enjoyed by these media outlets has led to deleterious effects on the society.(1)

Firstly, at present, the number of news media outlets around the world has risen to a level never seen before. People, whether they like it or not, are exposed to news through print media and digital media every hour of the day. For instance, people watching TV are bound to come across news channels while shuffling through the TV channels and, likewise, those surfing the net will inevitably be exposed to news on the internet. This easy availability of news has resulted in an increase in interest among people to stay up to date with the latest developments around the world. People are likely to shape their opinions and form perspectives based on what they see and hear on the news. Therefore, these news media outlets have a huge responsibility since they have the the ability to influence and shape opinions of people. Indeed, it is no secret, however, that the majority of media outlets around the world, these days, are not objective in their reporting of events and lean towards one side or the other and they tend to propagate their hidden agendas to their audiences.

The effects of this development are negative at large.(2) Hatred and intolerance among people has increased due to the hatred spewed and one sided pictures painted on such news media outlets. For instance, two friends who follow media outlets with opposite leanings are likely to fight and indulge in arguments after what they see on TV. Even family members are not spared these days and fights tend to break out due to being overly passionate and sensitive over certain topics. All of this has increased due to the increase in influence of news media over our lives and our likeliness to be affected by it. Moreover, certain news channels love to spread fear and depression among people by sensationalizing news and this has resulted in an increase in depression and anxiety in the society.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that, nowadays, news media has the power to greatly influence and shape people's opinion and this affects people negatively in more ways than one, due to the irresponsible approach of the majority of news media outlets.

Feedback

(1) Personally, I would write "harmful effects" rather than "deleterious".

(2) The effects of this development are largely negative.

Overall, very good writing, well done.