Media stereotypes/Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class in the News –

Media stereotypes/Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class in the News –

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Part 1

Media Stereotypes…

After watching the video Racial Stereotypes, answer the following questions, using specific examples from the film to support your points.

    • How has the portrayal of race and ethnicity in the media changed over time? Choose a particular group covered in the film (such as Native Americans or Latin Americans) and discuss common stereotypes and whether these persist in today’s movies and television shows.
    • To what extent has media become “homogenized,” as the film points out? To what extent has it become more diverse? Share your thoughts, considering how the concentration of media ownership affects the type of content presented.
    • What is the theory of cultivation, and why is it relevant to understanding the impact of media on audiences? How does this theory connect to the idea that media can affect how viewers perceive themselves?
    • What changes—positive or negative—do you anticipate seeing in the media or what changes have you noticed recently when it comes to how dominant and minority groups are portrayed?Part 2Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class in the NewsFor this question, you need to set aside some time to view television news on your local NBC, CBS, or ABC network. Do not use national outlets, such as CNN, Fox, MSNBC, or morning shows such as Good Morning America. Watch two different 15- to 30-minute segments of your local television news on two different days of the week. Take notes about how different races, ethnicities, and social classes are portrayed. Note how much time is spent portraying crime or other negative topics. If there is not much crime coverage, simply note what topics and groups are shown and how they are presented. Remember, the lack of coverage of negative topics, such as crime, is just as meaningful as a great deal of coverage.Share the local news programs you watched and the days and times you watched them. Then address each of the following questions, using specific examples from the segments you watched to illustrate your points:
    • How were various race or ethnic groups portrayed in the news segments you viewed?
    • Were the groups in your own racial or ethnic group portrayed accurately?
    • Did the news you viewed perpetuate stereotypes or was it fairly accurate overall? Explain, giving specific examples from the segments you watched.
    • Did the news stations over-represent crime, relative to the reality of crime in your community? If so, speculate why.
    • To what extent does the portrayal of members of minority groups reflect their overall socioeconomic status? Reflect on whether those in the community with higher social status are portrayed more favorably than those of lower status.
    • Share at least one example of how the representation of different races in the media you viewed reflected a hierarchy in which race and class intersect.
    • Can our interaction with entertainment and news media have any influence on our perceptions and understanding of race, ethnicity, or social class and members of minority groups? If so, how?