The Digital Revolution made its debut in the early twenty first century, starting a snowball effect of technological advances which continues to impact our nation’s population of over three hundred million people every single day. Social technology such as cellular phones, the internet and television were not the only cause and effect advancements during the digital boom. Elective medical procedures, also known as cosmetic surgery, have become widely accessible and more popular than ever.
In recent discussions about the overwhelming increase of cosmetic procedures during the twenty first century, a controversial issue has been whether media is to blame for the increasing popularity as well as the negative effects. On one hand, some argue that cosmetic procedures have been available and exercised long before the takeoff of social media. On the other hand, many others argue that the media has created this ever-growing epidemic and the complications that follow.
In sum, then, the issue is whether media sources are to blame for our “quick fix“ obsessed society or if the freedom of choice trumps the attempt to blame anyone other than the individuals choosing to have the amount or type of procedures done. My own view is that the media’s presence is an undeniable and powerful influence on today’s society. Although Americans have been getting cosmetic surgeries since the early 1890’s, today’s media has had a hand in increasing the demand in many ways. Through television shows, commercial advertisement and celebrity influences.
Gette, Amy. “Death with Dignity: An Individual’s Choice.” Journal of Palliative Medicine 16.10 (2013): 1304-1305. Academic Search Premier (EBSCO). Web. 14 Feb. 2015. Gette explains her view on the Death with Dignity act as a hospice nurse. Gette differentiates between death with dignity and that of palliative care. She provides insight that is both personal and medically informative from...