Essay 2 is a short research paper. We often read magazines, surf the Internet, and watch television without focusing on how our media environment can shape our attitudes. This essay will help us to look deeper into these images, and is worth 20% of the final grade. Here is the topic statement and question: All around us are commercial images of ideal romantic relationships and behavior. What are three main messages that our media provide about such romantic relationships? In writing your essay, consider the following questions, and organize your essay to address each: 1. How are the messages similar between each type of media? 2. How are they different? 3. Do these messages include gay and lesbian relationships? How might these messages affect people's self-esteem? 4. Do you know anyone (a friend or a family member) who believes in these messages about what's normal for romance? How do you know he or she believes them?