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Media

The articles for Thursday, February 22nd were focused around minorities in the media. In Ore's reading, media is overlooked through five decades. As time has progressed, so has the media. While minorities have overcome the barrier of typical stereotypes, they still thrive throughout media. One major race that is stereotyped is Hispanics. Hispanics were viewed as criminals. As the same stereotype has been portrayed through African Americans, current media is starting a trend of showing a successful African American. With reality finally overcoming stereotypes for African Americans, Hispanics roles were still composed of violence and poverty.

I feel that media plays a strong role in society. These stereotypes break down the fight for freedom within all races. From all races, the roles portrayed through media are seen through future generations eyes. The message displayed to future generations is that races can be only be categorized through such stereotypes. Media is the barrier to a brighter future that is rid of all racism. With stronger roles portrayed in media for minorities, American culture is treading down the right track.

Discussion Questions

1. How does the portrayal of culture effect future generations?
2. Does Ore properly represent current media?
3. Do stereotypes have any positive effects in media?

Comments

I agree with this article about African American's being potrayed in a better light while Hispanics are still potrayed as criminal. I think media plays an important role in our lives, expecially for children. They learn a lot from what they see on the television and what they see in the movies. Future generations may never learn how to accept others if their only experience of another race is what they see on television. We need to stop using Hispanics as criminals in movies and use them in a more positive role, just as we have done for African Americans. I think this is the only way we can stop stereotyping in our society.

I think the portrayal of stereotypes is a very complex issue. Stereotypes exist in part because they develop from true things. Many of us fulfill stereotypes in our day to day lives; it just becomes trickier when portrayed in the media because we seem to soak it in like the stereotype truly does represent everyone. TV programs like George Lopez or Will & Grace fulfill stereotypes by people whom have often been 'victims' of stereotyping (Latino’s and gay men.) This could be seen positively however, because these characters are now empowered to reclaim the stereotypes themselves and turn it positive. For example, many view Will & Grace as a positive turn for GLBT people in the media, when in fact a character such as Jack spits out one stereotype after another.

the use and acknowledgement of "stereotypes" are very tricky topics. people will start judging you if you have strong opinions in either direction, considering you either prejudice or naive. in the media, stereotypes are often the punch lines to many jokes made. like matt said, stereotypes are made for a reason, enough people in that certain group perpetuate them enough to keep them alive. but, it is the tv audience's responsibility to discern "funny tv stereotypes" from the individuals in their own lives. future generations should be taught that stereotypes, regardless of their accuracy, cannot be sole method for judging people. as for negative stereotypes, it is also the producer’s responsibility to diversify the people seen as villains in the shows so that type casting does not occur. stereotypes can be positive but only if the viewer is intelligent enough to know that they cannot use them to make sweeping generalizations.

the use and acknowledgement of "stereotypes" are very tricky topics. people will start judging you if you have strong opinions in either direction, considering you either prejudice or naive. in the media, stereotypes are often the punch lines to many jokes made. like matt said, stereotypes are made for a reason, enough people in that certain group perpetuate them enough to keep them alive. but, it is the tv audience's responsibility to discern "funny tv stereotypes" from the individuals in their own lives. future generations should be taught that stereotypes, regardless of their accuracy, cannot be sole method for judging people. as for negative stereotypes, it is also the producer’s responsibility to diversify the people seen as villains in the shows so that type casting does not occur. stereotypes can be positive but only if the viewer is intelligent enough to know that they cannot use them to make sweeping generalizations.

I agree with Matt that stereotypes, in any context is a complex issue. I think Ore somewhat properly represents the media and it's stereotypes, but it's a hard issue when you're looking at only family style sitcoms. There is so much more on television right now, that to look at only a fraction of it doesn't give a very true idea.
In terms of sitcoms however, i think that the more you grow up seeing what you think live's should be like in certain categories, the more you believe it. It's a very hard line to cross to move away from stereotypes in a sitcom, because historically, that's when you don't relate to the audience anymore, and that's when you get cancelled. It's very unfortunate that the only way for a sitcom to survive is to cast the couch potato dad and the level headed mom, and the "black acting" neighbor. Alot of these stereotypes are easy to overlook, unless you're comparing all of the sitcoms of an era and looking at the underlying roles in all of them. Once that comes into focus, it's no wonder that we have created such a large racial and class gap in our society.
In some ways it seems like we are heading in the right direction, because there are so many more black families represented in TV, and i think the next step must be hispanics. I think the problem though, is that black families still fit the stereotypes of black families for the most part, in terms of jobs, language, location, and issues. I think this is mostly due to the fact that programming and studios are still majorly run, or at least over seen, by a white population, and if that keeps up, we're really not making any progress at all.

I do not think stereotypes have any positive effects in the media. Not even what some people might call "good" stereotypes such as saying Asians are smart or know how to do martial arts. I have heard people say Asians shouldn't complain about those kinds of stereotypes because they are positive. But, I think a stereotype is a stereotype and does not have positive effects on those who are stereotyped. Not everyone in a certain population is alike even if the majority of the people might fall into a certain stereotype, it doesn't mean everyone is like that. Stereotypes just reinforce negativity in the media rather than give positive effects.