What Are the Positive and Negative Effects of Mass Media?

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Mass media has had both positive and negative effects on people, especially young people who have grown up consuming media from many different mediums. Mass media has made information available to more people more quickly, and it has enabled individuals to spread their innovative ideas much farther than they would have been if there were no mass media. However, mass media has negative consequences for many people.