this mini paper, you will be looking at two
of the following: race, class, gender, sexual identity or ethnicity in
the mass media. The mass media has a
extraordinary impact on societal views and in the past twenty years, there have
been drastic changes in what is acceptable on television. Such shows as Will and Grace, Queer as Folk,
Desperate Housewives, Sopranos, Sex in the City, The Bachelor, Flavor Flav
(Flavor of Love), Ellen, Six feet under, all have issues that have questioned
societal norms. Dan Quayle made the
press in 1992 when he publicly denounced the show “Murphy Brown” for her choice
of having a baby out-of wedlock, stating that fundamental family values were
being undermined by the precedent the show made. Please
read the Time article on Dan Qualye’s comments.
does the depiction of race, class, gender, sexual identity or ethnicity compare
to your personal everyday experience? Do
you feel that television accurately portrays sexuality? Race? Percentages of interracial dating?
Etc? What impact do you think television
has on the average viewer with regards to stereotyping, discrimination and
perpetuation of racism and sexism? You
need to select at least 3 shows for each of the two topics to explain how it is
viewed. Please use actual examples from
television shows to clarify your answers.
This paper should be at least 4-6 pages
typed (New times roman, 12 font, double-spaced)