How has it influenced the oldest living person in our society? Mass media isn't new. It's been around for centuries. Your perception of everything has been influenced by mass media. Mine too. You'd have to be born and live in a cave on a deserted island your whole life to escape it's influence. There's nothing inherantly wrong with that, but it's a good idea to become adept at recognizing it's influence on you and controlling it. I'd wager that less than 5% of Americans truly do that, and I doubt you or I are in that 5%.