The Sociological Imagination and Media
Most people’s lives in the 21 century are in some way affected by media and it is affecting the way individuals preform daily tasks. Television shows are a great example of this; they show the development of characters over a period and display how greater social forces shape what they have become. C. Wright mills uses a term the sociological imagination, it is the theory that people’s lives are shaped essentially by greater social forces and society’s expectations rather than biology and genetics. The show Modern Family is a good example of the sociological imagination because it has a diverse cast and the characters have many personalities, wants, and desires. Modern Family is a television show that has stories of separate individual families who are related. Claire and Mitch are siblings and Jay is their father. The families are Claire, Phil, Alex, Hailey and Luke. Mitch, Cam and Lilly and Jay, Gloria and Mani.
In episode 1 season 5 it is summer vacation and Claire and Phil are trying to coordinate their children’s summer camps and vacations so they can have time alone with no kids in the house. Mani is planning on taking his first solo trip back to Columbia where he is from but Gloria keeps “loosing” his travel documents. So, Jay and Mani end up having to go down to the city hall to pick up a new birth certificate. Same-sex marriage becomes legal and Cam and Mitch can finally get married to each other, the problem is that they both want to be the one to propose so they keep avoiding the other’s proposal. Mitch asks Claire to help him think of the perfect proposal and Cam asks Gloria to do the same thing. While at dinner the night they were both planning to propose Gloria and Jay and Claire and Phil both showed up at Mitch and Cams house to set up for the proposal and they find out both Cam and Mitch both wanted to propose to each other that night. The twist to the story was that Cam and Mitch ended up getting a flat tire on their way back from dinner and had to change it while at the top of a hill, while in the processes they both looked at each other and said “I do.” Claire and Phil do not end up getting time to themselves and Mani lands in Columbia safely.
The two characters Cam and Mitch in a same-sex relationship and most likely had to face problems and judgements within society; they have gained strength through earlier events that have occurred in their lives. C. Wright Mills expresses “the idea...