I don't just mean the tabloids and newspapers but media as a whole. Do you think it contributes towards stereotypes and installs fear? For example, when you swim in the sea whats the one thing you think about? All I can hear is the Jaws theme song! I've watched several documentaries on Sharks and experts have said that film had a negative effect to the species. Another example is 'beauty', or what is seen as 'beauty'. You open up a magazine and all you see is celebrities or women will slim figures or worst case scenario recently is skinny bodies. How does it effect the average woman reading? Try this new celebrity diet, but you don't get the help of a nutrionist (sp?) or a personal trainer. I know that films are hugely influential, I find myself expecting things to be a certain way sometimes because thats what happens in the movies. There have been several cases of people imitating what they've seen on film. Plus young people have to deal with music videos, which lets face it you either go to be filthly rich, some kind of pimp or shoot somebody up. I know not all videos are like this, but these are the only ones I see getting regular play.