Should this question use the definite article before "media"?
- Does the media influence us?
- Does media influence us?
Are these both OK? I have seen both being used.
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"Media" is the plural of "medium," so technically, the question should read, "Do the media influence us?" However, "the media" have become something of a cultural monolith, so I reluctantly accept the singular use when described in this way.
"Do media (television, radio, Internet, billboards, etc.) influence us?" Yes, they do.
"Does the media influence us?" Yes, "it" does.
Neither are correct."Influence" is a possessive noun, and works as a verb transitvely, when a preposition is conjugated between a pronoun such as the personal "us": "influence on/over us" works, but not for this question phrasing without "have/having", which indicates possession.
So, instead we could say: "Does the media have influence on/over us?"