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STEREOTYPING IN THE MEDIA:A response to Gregory Mantsios' essay Media Magic: Making Class InvisibleFor decades media has helped stratify culture by serving as a means to inform the public of the occurrences that take place in our society. "The mass media is arguably the most influential in molding public consciousness" (Mantsios 101). The more media plays a prominent role in highlighting situations in our society the more
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The media over exaggerates their representation of the Muslim population portraying them as violent terrorists and a threat to most nations/countries. Stereotypes abound in any and every form of media we can listen to, read, or watch today. Stereotypes create recognition in people and stir emotions - from anger to fear, or even empathy. News reports on religion generally use outrageous stereotypes of the population of the particular religion. This is evident in the representation of Muslims whenever they pop-up in news stories. Our views and opinions are often shaped by the media -...
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“Family Guy” and its Asian Stereotypes
“Family Guy” is well known to be a cartoon of disgrace and ill-mannered portrayals of real life events. Asian Stereotype was no exception portrayals in “Family Guy”. In many of the Asian stereotypical scenes in “Family Guy”, one of the episodes shows a scene about an Asian woman driver causing wreckage on the freeway as she exits out of the freeway itself. The following is a dialogue of the scene:
ASIAN FEMALE DRIVER. How much signals do I need to cut across a lane?
ASIAN FEMALE DRIVER. None?
ASIAN FEMALE DRIVER. I turn now, good luck everybody else. (Season 5 Episode 6, Family Guy)
Throughout the decades, Asian and women have been stereotyped as the...
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Feminists and Media Stereotypes
The media portrays feminists in unflattering ways. Largely because of the media portrayal, the word 'feminist' usually evokes images of crass, butch, men-hating, very masculine women. Many women believe in the feminist doctrine, but they would never consider themselves as a feminist because they cannot relate to the images of crass, butch, men-hating, masculine women. In fact, it has only been within the past year that I've been able to accept the fact that I am a feminist and that my preconceived images of feminists are merely media stereotypes.
I'm now able to admit I care more about my own rights than whether or not someone will...
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The judgments we make about people, events or places are based on our own direct impressions. But for most of the knowledge, we rely on media. The media actually re-present the world to us. However, the media only shows us some aspects of the world, ignoring the rest. So basically, the media chooses what is to be shown and what is to be discarded (Andrew Pilkington and Alan Yeo (2009)). . In this essay, I will explain what stereotypes are and primarily give an example of a famous men’s magazine called ‘nuts’ and explain how these stereotypes are created by print and the digital media and what are their impacts on people.
Stereotypes can be defined as an exaggerated belief about an...
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The Ugly Truth, a film which was released in 2009, displays many particular stereotypes and gender issues which we find within American society. Gender is made up of socially constructed ideas which are reinforced by society in regards to what it means to be masculine or feminine. We first learn gender from our parents; however they too had to first learn it from their families and society. Within the American society, the media takes on a large role in creating gender norms. The media is made up of films, magazines, television programs, and news papers. The Ugly Truth, although a funny film, perpetuates these stereotypes and ideas of gender provided by our society.
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This essay discusses censorship and the way in which social media and consumer products affect and model an appropriate societal ‘literacy’ or view in particular regards to gender and race, to young children. A summary of the stereotypes displayed in several videos viewed on YouTube, as well as student’s own identified stereotypes, both in regards to race and gender, are displayed below (Alexander, 2011; BrokenXLoner, 2012; Lac, 2013; Walt Disney Pictures, 1998, 1994, 1992, 1967, 1955, 1953, 1941):
Examples of ‘Frequent Racial Stereotypes’ Displayed in Popular Culture
African American (examples: Disney crows, orang-utans in Jungle Book, The Lion King hyenas) American Indians...
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Stereotypes in the MediaWhy does the media feel they need to portray different races, religions, genders, and ethnic group inaccurately? Do they feel this type of entertainment will sell? In television shows and feature films people are mocked, made fun of, and stereotyped depending on how people visualize them. They are portrayed unrealistically and something should be done about it. I believe some television shows and movies offend people and undermine their morale. The media should display images of the public more accurately.The dictionary defines a stereotype as a generalized image of a person or group, which does not acknowledge individual differences and which is...
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The judgments we make about people, events or places are based on our own direct impressions. But for most of the knowledge, we rely on media. The media actually re-present the world to us. However, the media only shows us some aspects of the world, ignoring the rest (Andrew Pilkington and Alan Yeo 2009). In this essay, I will explain what stereotypes are and primarily give an example of a famous men’s magazine called ‘nuts’ and explain how it stereotypes women and what are their impacts on people.
A stereotype can be defined as creating an on oversimplified, false or generalized portrayal of a group of people or an individual. They are often inaccurate. Though our world seems to be...
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Stereotypes in the Film The Matrix
The purpose of this paper is to expose some of the stereotypes present in the film The Matrix, directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski. In order to accomplish this we shall see that although The Matrix is considered to be a film about rebellion, it contains several stereotypical portrayals, which actually make it a film that supports the status quo. We shall also see that the African American characters in The Matrix (the Oracle, Tank, Dozer, and Morpheus) are all depicted in the stereotypical servant roles. Furthermore, the women (Trinity and Switch) in this film are portrayed stereotypically; that is, they are either reduced to a caring/nurturing role...
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1DickhoutRiley DickhoutProfessor McloofEnglish 10130 September 2014The Biggest Bang In Geek HistoryAn analysis on the typical stereotyping in The Big Bang TheoryWhen I used to hear the words The Big Bang Theory I would automatically think of the theory that the universe originated from a explosion billions of years ago. Now a day's when I hear those words my mind shoots right to the CBS American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Having premiered on September 24 2007, the show has arisen to become...
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John Steinbeck explores many themes in "The Grapes of Wrath"; such as, the importance of avoiding stereotypes/labels and the need to share what we have with others. Steinbeck conveys these two themes through setting and characterization.Steinbeck opens the novel by describing the dust bowl in Oklahoma and the "men and women huddled in their houses, and they tied their handkerchiefs over their noses when they went out, and wore goggles to protect their eyes." (pg 3) Steinbeck made it clear that the families in Oklahoma were suffering; the dust bowl would soon force them to...
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Stereotype, someone who is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type. This is the main component of the S.E. Hinton novel The Outsiders. The stereotypes in the novel are the Socs and the Greasers. The Socs are the rich kids who don’t have to work for anything, while the Greasers are the poorer kids who have very little. They both live in the city of Tulsa, one group on the Northside and one on the Southside. Outside of these boundaries no-one knows of them but the hatred for each other still plays on their minds.
In our community stereotypes play a part in life, but in The Outsiders it is the core theme of the story combining with teenage struggles. In The Outsiders the...
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The world today has become quite a diverse place. People of any color, race, or ethnicity, can go to the same school, restaurant, bathroom, and even date one another. The world is constantly changing and learning from its diverse inhabitants, so why hasn’t¬¬¬¬ the media been up to speed with the rest of the world? Race has increasingly become this social concept that the media has embraced and ran with. Inspiring millions, the media constantly transforms assumptions about particular groups of people into “realities.” (Media Stereotyping) The Media often inadequately represents minorities in television shows or movies, which most of the time are demeaning to that particular race or ethnicity....
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Religion is one of the most controversial topics in our society today. It has forced people to view religion in variety of different perspectives. For some, religion has become a way of life, and for others it is used as weapon to harm people. Thus, the importance of religion is gradually fading away. The Media plays an important role in our lives by predominately portraying religion in a negative manner. Rarely does it illustrate religion in a positive light. Media depicts religion as a poison that engulfs a person from the inside. It illustrates religion as an “iron curtain” that divides people, a weapon used to persecute people, and finally as a source to stereotype people, at times,...
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In America today, the media shows how the race and ethnic issues that relate to the quality of its image of the lives of non-white Americans. Truth and diversity are parts of media performance that basically consents for an evaluation of how it symbolizes people of color. Evaluating media performance is important because of the consumption and dependence on the media for much of the public monitoring and evaluation of reality. The performance of mass media is important when looking at race and ethnicity, because the media is the main source of indirect experiences that supports racial attitudes and beliefs that are included into balanced structures.Accuracy is an important part of...
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Advertising is an important social phenomenon. It both stimulates consumption, economic activity models, life-styles and a certain value orientation. Consumers are confronted with extensive daily doses of advertising in multiple media. With the continual attack of marketing media, it is presumable that it will affect our individualism and society as a whole. What are the effects of advertising today? Does television reinforce the mainstream ideology of contemporary culture? How do they shape the society? Can the media help break the barriers of gender roles? Consumer minds’ can be changed, opinions molded. I believe advertising in the media today is slightly changing, however will not...
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"Diversity is the presence of a wide range of variation in the qualities or attributes under discussion"(wikipedia.com, n.d.). With the discussion of diversity in the media, people tend to see or not see the different variations of stereotypes that the media portrays. Depending on a person's race, sex, religion, etc. they tend to see the differences in how diverse the media can really be. People have a hard time getting past the words and looking into the real meaning of what someone might be saying or portraying. Some people tend to look at what one might say as being a negative portrayal of a certain...
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Within the last two centuries, society has made a tremendous push for gender equality. Up until very recently, over half of the world's population had been relegated to a subservient role; the men - strong, brave, providers - dominated the women - delicate, naïve, caretakers. Even today in many of the underdeveloped nations of the world, women remain submissive. In Saudi Arabia, women may face death if they are caught driving, while in Afghanistan, the average woman has a life expectancy rate of only 45-years-old (The Femenist eZine). Outside of these select few third-world countries, however, women have slowly gained themselves complete political equality in...
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Marxism in the Media
“To my distress and perhaps to my delight, I order things in accordance with my passions. I put in my pictures everything I like. So much worse for the things—they have to get along with one another.”
The above quote raises some interesting questions one must consider about the mass media. What decides which messages the media portrays to the consumer? What must a medium contain that makes us want to watch it? Maybe the artists just make what interests them. Or perhaps the messages are simply used for entertainment and are based on what sells or what is popular. This is true to an extent but this is merely a scratch in the...
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Beauty in the Media: Unattainable Beauty- Self-Improvement or Self-Destruction?
Sexy lingerie, skimpy clothing, high heels, and lots of skin; this is what can be seen walking down any street, flipping through any magazine, browsing online, or shopping for groceries. Everywhere a person turns women’s bodies are being graphically used to sell a vast variety of products. Sex sells is the mantra of the advertising world and why would it not be when the use of sexual images dramatically, and provable increases sales. Sex has become the selling point of a product, rather than the value of the product or service itself. Beauty is no longer in the eye of the beholder, it is a set standard that can...
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Megalomania in the MediaAngela DattoliIDS 101 406: CornerstoneProfessor KrugerOctober 24, 2013Megalomania in the MediaMegalomania is the best way to describe the corporatization and consolidation of the world's media today. The majority of media outlets are owned by a handful of megalomaniacs who are obsessed with wealth and power. The world's media is being concentrated and monopolized by fewer and fewer companies. These companies share the common agenda to take over the world. The merge of Comcast, Universal Studios, and the remaining assets of General Electric's National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), is one such...
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 Violence in the Media
It’s the ever-present question that has been asked by authorities, educational institutes and parents alike. Does violence in the media influence the behavior of society? Some say yes, others say no. Other questions posed that I will try to clarify in this essay are those to do with what, if anything is being done to control this virus. To fully comprehend these questions we must first understand what is meant by violence in the media, and whom it effects, if anyone at all. Also, did violence in the media come first, or was it derived from violence in the ‘real world’? There are arguments that can be stated from both sides. Some say that...
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Violence in the Media
What makes the Roadrunner and Coyote cartoons so funny and memorable? Of course, the explosions, hits and falls the Coyote takes while in pursuit of the Roadrunner. Pediatrics, a pediatrician read magazine, wrote an article on the influence violence, such as that in cartoons and other forms of media, has on children from ages 2-18 titled “Media Violence.” “Although recent school shootings have prompted politicians and the general public to focus their attention on the influence of media violence, the medical community has been concerned with this issue since the 1950s,” says American Academy of Pediatrics, the author of the article in November of 2001. The...
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The media holds a strong influence of our modern society today. Movies, music, books, television can often reflect the daily events in our lives, although they can be fictional half the time but communicate a legitimate message at times. The media itself can portray different ethnic groups by using stereotypes created by the society. Movies in particular often use many different stereotypes in order to produce and grab the audience attention. Movies like "The Matrix" and "Napoleon Dynamite" have the stereotypes implied on our society today."The Matrix" was produced by Joel Silver; written and directed by The Wachowski brothers who took philosophical ideas and created brilliant...
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Since the beginning of time, humanity has used violence for entertainment. The Romans forced gladiators to fight to the death in the colosseum. Medieval nobility watched knights joust (Goldstein). Violence is a very large part of today's media. It reflects the violence of society and is very entertaining and profitable. The effects of exposure to violent media differ from person to person. In general, those who cannot distinguish reality from fantasy are affected the most."It is surely one of the great debates of this decade: Does the culture simply reflect the dark, decadent times in which we live? Or is society this way because cultural proprietors have run amok?" (Torr)....
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Michael BandyCTV11/28/06Media PaperI would argue that the media are perhaps the most influential source of information for society. The media dictate what we think, how we dress and who we are. They tell us what to consider important and what to completely disregard. Most of us can remember growing up with certain ways of thinking ingrained in the culture of that time. If someone or something is criticized, we are most likely going to take the same standpoint. What's more, we will search for and find the type of entertainment or news that upholds our beliefs, so that the only information we are consuming is that which reinforces our current thoughts....
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It started by way of messengers and scribes, evolved through the presentation of newspapers and radio, brought us together with television, and now serves us world-wide via the ever-popular Internet. It is the mass media, and even from the earliest days of its existence, it has contributed greatly in ways that both enlightenand enrich society, and ways that deteriorate and perplex it. It is not a surprise to learn, then, that the mass media is the most powerful source of information we have, and nothing else in today's world influences public perception quite as heavily.Unfortunately, however, most of...
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Violence in the Media"A TV movie on wife beating, called The Burning Bed, apparently triggered related violence in three separate cities. In Milwaukee, a man, fearing for his own life, doused his estranged wife with gasoline and threw a match at her. In Quincy, Massachusetts, a husband was so enraged by the show that he beat his wife to death, later saying that he wanted to get her before she got him. And in Chicago, a battered wife shot her husband right after watching The Burning Bed." (Block 4). Several incidents like this have occurred after the display of violent forms of media. There is much controversy about violence in the media. Violence has inspired many crimes and act, yet the...
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Masculinity in the Media
Masculinity has changed and evolved since the beginning of human creation. Males have had to adhere to the social norms of their time to survive without undue persecution. In the beginning of the 19th century, there was a shift in the way men could attain manhood. It was no longer easy for a man to enter into manhood with straightforward expectations and rituals. The state of manhood became difficult to obtain because of its precarious nature. During the same period, the industrial revolution was in full bloom giving birth to mass information outlets like newspapers, magazines, and advertisement: media. This set a prevailing state where boys and men alike...
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Sex in the Media
In the media, sex has evolved over the years. Now, more than ever sex
is at its peak in the media. In today's society, the young are able to
view sex in daytime television and learn from the promotion of sex in
the media. In this essay, we will explore the options of where we
learn about sex, places we see sex, how sex influences our lives, and
the importance of improving sex education in teens.
Growing up in the 21st century, sex is all around. Most teens learn
about sex from their friends. In a survey four out of every five teens
say that they learned about sex from their friends. Teens see their
friends as the most accessible...
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Everyday millions of Americans plop down in front of their TVs to get their daily intake of news and current events of what happened that day. Sadly, most of the news and facts they are getting have been altered somehow by someone at the news corporation or by the reporters themselves. In the numerous news sources that cover world evens daily there are certain viewpoints that are thrust into the public’s face. This highly opinionated and biased news coverage has been present since there was news to report on. From WWII and onwards there has been a steady increase in the number of news corporations, which in turn has caused an increase in viewpoints on news coverage. Americans get this...
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The parameters of the term censorship have been changed and manipulated very much over the years. Television and movie ratings have become more lenient against violence and indiscretion because these things are now seen as entertainment. Is this appropriate for our youth? Should children be exposed to these images so early on? How does censorship in the media affect adolescents? Children are the future of our society and need to have some understanding of real world occurrences. Ultimately, censorship can only be determined by the parents. The media cannot filter every bit of controversial images. What rights does the media have in this situation? How are their First Amendment...
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Violence in the Media
America has become the most violent nation in the industrialized world. The many violent images seen in movies and on television on a daily basis, though not the only cause, are a strong contributing factor.
There are those that feel the point-of-view from which the audience views the violence varies directly with the way the scene affects them. A film's perspective determines the audience's reaction. In "slasher" films, for example, the point of view shifts between the attacker and the victim. So the audience feels the terror of the victim and the lust of the victimizer. If the viewer shares the experience with the victim they feel helplessness, fear, and also...
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Violence in the Media
Media is all around us. Everywhere we look, there is someone, somewhere trying to communicate his or her thoughts to us. And with the new technologies in media, this message is stronger than ever. Almost every home in America has a television or radio in it. The messages that are portrayed through these mediums are unmistakable; buy me, listen to me, think what I think. With all of these messages spinning around there are bound to be some bad seeds. Violence has become an important issue, something that has become almost part of our daily lives. So often we lose sight of just how serious violent messages in media can affect our daily lives. Violence in the...
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Many times we hear things through media and don’t actually listen to what they may say. When people hear something through mass media, they don’t realize that there is a person’s point of view stated in the story. And many times what people don’t see is that there is no such thing as an objective point of view. This is called Rhetoric; when someone states their point of view using words that either sway an audiences opinions one way or another. Rhetoric can be found in many places such as a T.V add or a commercial, magazine articles and advertisements, the news, and even radio commercials.
Watching the regular news as I...
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The media in the United States of America portrays drugs in many different ways. In movies such as Scareface and Blow, drugs are shown as evil. Although a majority of media portrays drugs as evil, some of the most influential media on the kids encourages them to use and sell drugs. The children of the Untied States of America are growing up listening to musicians talking about getting high and selling drugs.Scareface is a good example of the way movies portray drugs. In Scareface, a young Cuban immigrant named Tony Montana sets up a huge cocaine empire. He goes from working as a dish washer to owning a...
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Over the course of four weeks television programs as broadcasted by Time Warner cable within the Trinity University campus were tracked. The objective of the experiment was to find patterns concerning homosexuality and the way it is presented to the audience through television. I suggest that although one might think that exposure to homosexuality on television would lead to tolerance, it actually perpetuates discrimination and rejection towards homosexual individuals. Before the project could be carried on, controls needed to be established in order to find patterns that were representative of North America's media depiction of homosexuality. Only series were considered for the...
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Violence in the Media
Gina Marchetti, in her essay "Action-Adventure as Ideology," argues that action- adventure films implicitly convey complex cultural messages regarding American values and the "white American status quo." She continues to say that all action-adventure movies have the same basic structure, including plot, theme, characterization, and iconography. As ideology, this film genre tacitly expresses social norms, values, and morals of its time. Marchetti's essay, written in 1989, applies to films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Rambo: First Blood II. However, action-adventure films today seem to be straying farther away from her generalizations about structure,...
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Religion In the Media
Introduction: Religion is widely spread in the media and has
influenced allot of people's views and perceptions of religion in
general. When televisions first started it was expected that most
channels would be hugely influenced by religion and have some form of
religious content. It was also expected that Sunday TV, would be
totally dominated by the main religion of that time Christianity.
However as time has gone on the amount and type of religious
programmes on Sunday have changed. Even though there is still
Christian programmes such as 'songs of praise' still running Sunday TV
has adapted to the...
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Sex in the Media
One of the most important resources of a business is its advertisement team. Due to the fact that people can and will buy your product only if they know about it.
This is the reason that marketing and advertisement have the biggest budgets in a business. This is the reason that places such as Amazon.com spend up to four million dollars on advertisement a year, according to 'Dream-Biz.com' written by Burke Hedges. There is a saying that goes 'Sex-sells' is this true? Most people would argue that it does. Since choosing this topic it has forced me to see everything different. When I sit and watch television I can?t help but notice all of the...
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Undoing Stereotypes in the Movie, Dances With Wolves
Hollywood has helped create and perpetuate many different stereotypical images of the different races in the world. Those stereotypes still continue to affect the way we think about each other today and many of those stereotypes have been proven to be historically inaccurate. The movie Dances With Wolves, directed by actor Kevin Costner, does an excellent job in attempting to promote a greater acceptance, understanding, and sympathy towards Native American culture, instead of supporting the typical stereotype of Native Americans being nothing but brutal, blood thirsty savages.
The film Dances With Wolves focuses mainly on one man...
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The folk tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” has numerous variations and interpretations depending on what recorded version is being read or analyzed. “Little Red Cap,” by the Grimm Brothers, and “The Grandmother,” as collected by Achille Millien, are different in numerous ways: the depth of the narrative structure, characters involved, length – yet, the moral lesson is largely unchanged between the two versions. One of the more glaring differences between the two versions is the way that the narrator and the actions of the characters are used to describe the young girl, female, and the wolf, male. Being either female or male are matters of biological makeup. The characteristics of femininity...
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The Native American Behind the Stereotype in The Pioneers
Throughout the history of American literature, the Native American is rarely presented as a fully developed character; instead, he is degraded to a mere caricature, one deeply rooted in traditional racial prejudices. In his novel, The Pioneers, James Fennimore Cooper became the one of the first American authors to depict an Indian as a leading character; in fact, Cooper's depiction of the infamous Chinkachgook is widely considered to be the original archetypical basis for Native American figures as seen in American literature. However, Cooper's characterization of Chinkachgook, known by a variety of names,...
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[Type text] [Type text] [Type text]1ShumwayMedia Effects ReportBryan ShumwayWhat is the effect?While many effects could have been chosen for study in this report, the effect chosen was that of profanity in the media and its subsequent effects on those influenced by that media. This report will examine the impact of profanity within three categories, namely printed media, video games, and television/film. The effect is worthy of study because even though content creators may not intend profanity, swearing, cursing, cussing, or foul language to have a negative impact on those who view or otherwise interact with their media, there is...
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Music videos for hip-hop songs often represent women as strippers and sex objects. Artists do this usually to appeal to a young male audience and create a certain image or representation of the artist and also of the women in their lives. This report will talk about the representation of women in the videos "Love Me" by Lil Wayne, "King Tut" by Busta Rhymes and "Candy Shop" by 50cent and attempt to show how videos similar to these represent women in a...
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The Truth in the Media
When most individuals pick up a newspaper, or magazine, or any other form of well-noted journalism, they expect that it will be truthful. By that, I mean that the consumer anticipates receiving factual documentations. That ideal has been well expressed, however, since the beginning, journalists have added their more than objective points of views. For journalists, it has become harder and harder to keep their opinions to themselves. The "hotter" the topics, that they cover become, the more they are personally drawn to them. It is then instinctively natural for them to contribute their experience and opinions in a more than ideally objective way. Opinionated...
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From the moment they are born and wrapped in a pink or blue blanket, a child's gender is unmistakable. From this point on, they will continuously be bombarded with the socialization into their gender by many sources. One of the main sources of this socialization is media, more specifically television. The purpose of this paper is to describe gender roles and stereotypes, and to take a closer look at how the media's representation and portrayal of males and females affects children.
Gender differences are the "sets of attributes socially and culturally constructed on the basis of birth assignment as male or female" (Creedon, 1993, p.5). When a baby is born and wrapped in a colored...
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American Media: The Bliss of the Public or the Bane of Celebrities?
Throughout history, the media has caught some of the most horrific scenes on camera. While it is great that these events were documented, one cannot help but wonder how much is too much when prying into the lives of public figures. Even celebrities need a time to grieve; yet that time seems limited when they are constantly being harassed by men with cameras trying to give the best account of the situation. Since the introduction of the television, and possibly before, news broadcasters have been concerned with one objective— relaying the most interesting and informative report of the breaking story, regardless of the...