What would you say to your friend who just told you that he or she had joined a group of terrorists via illegal social media? How could you help him or her to realize what he or she is doing is a crime? Social media can be a cause leading innocent people to commit crimes. Media includes newspapers, radio, telephone, television, and Internet in which social media is created. While some people praise media, many evidences prove media has influenced negatively people’s lives nowadays.
From the beginning, this tool of communication has created a certain number of issues for society. In the early years of the era of media, newspaper were accused of distorting information, breaking the right of privacy, and evoking bad tendencies. Some articles gave wrong information about a new policy, a business, and a person, which caused resentment within the community, or collapse of the company, or separation of the family. By the time of radio, telephone, and television, the effects of audio and visual images generated new problems. People were annoyed by over-broadcasting commercials, children were distracted from education by watching movies and playing games, and everyone was gaining weights because of the seduction of fast-food advertising. The latest invention of Internet in recent years has increased the number of troubles to society because the consequences happen instantaneously and more uncontrollably.
The application of Internet, mentioned previously, has stimulated the unfavorable effects of media on society. The transmission speed of an electronic newspaper is faster, and its content is more succinct than inked one, so the readers can effortlessly receive and react promptly regardless of the accuracy of information. People usually do not thoroughly read all of long articles in printed press so mistakes go corrected with apology issued to ameliorate the consequences. Another negative trend caused more intensively by the Internet is the degradation of reading skills. For the purpose of convenience, e-press inadequately provides the chance to improve reading while reading traditional newspapers is beneficial. Children, who are leaving books, can only use radio and television at home at certain times of day, but they can chat, play games, watch movies, and listen to music anywhere and anytime by connecting to the Internet via laptops and smart devices.
Actually, all kinds of media are possibly versatile accomplices to committing minor and major crime. Newspapers and telephones are often used to harass individuals, especially celebrities, politicians, and businessman, sometimes leading to deadly accidents. The case of Princess Diana who died in a car accident while being pursued by paparazzi is a good example. Criminal cases reported in newspaper, violent movies broadcasted on TV, and stories of bullying posted on social media can become decent instructions for potential offenders, especially young individuals in puberty. In Vietnam, many cases of teenagers engaging in fighting between delinquent gangs, few of which are fatal, urgently alarm the society the negative influence of media on new generations. Moreover, the media is exploited as a sophisticated weapon to threaten the safety of one person, one family, one company, one community, one country and the whole world. Modifying a personal account to steal money, breaking a company’s system to take classified documents, and intruding into the national system to break the defense power can be realized by any hacker.
To sum up, not only does the development of media make human life more comfortable but also has a negative impact on society. Men are leaving valuable things to become victims of their own inventions: living in hazardous environment, losing belief in community, having an unbalanced life, and becoming more greedy and aggressive in personality. What would our future be if the new generations were being poisoned by our own hands?