RTF 305 Week 3 Lecture Notes
RTF 305 Week 3 Lecture Notes RTF 305
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Week 3 Lecture notes Lecture quotRace in Ethnicity in the Media part 1 Not only minorities affected by media images As people become more aware of diff cultures and sexualities media has to change to re ect it In 805 heman was the masculine ideal that men were expected to attain 19805 don Johnson got lead roles most desirable bc his partner was of a diff race and white guy could notdid not want to imagine self relating bruce springsteen was the working class ideal gave image of what working class guy should be like one of main ways of selling beer in 805 was Swedish bikini team used sex to sell product women were identical blonde general perfect ideal gay men portrayed as stereotypical ultrafeminine limp wristed an image to be mocked discouraged reinforced gender roles of men what masculinity means and what goals should be there is a myth that US is a melting pot that things are equal for ppl of all backgrounds reality is that blacks Hispanics native Americans suffer brunt of poverty while white people have privilege media plays role white male leads with diverse supporting actors some leading men ARE diverse cited as examples of the broken racial barrier but if you look at actual statistics they re overwhelmingly skewed toward white male leads taylor lautner is sort of ambiguous race but compared to starkly white cast he is able to be distinctly other new girl there is a token black friend hard to come up with examples of shows where there is instead a minority majority with a token white character stereotyping is forming generalizations about a group of people based on limited info overtly targets minorities over majorities black people are way more likely to be cast as troublemakers maids servants etc while white people tend to be allowed to be actual people the commonness of these stereotypes is that we often laugh them off as clich s rather than recognizing the perpetuation of negative stereotypes media can legitimize an ideology cosby show feels great they re like an family why would anyone be racist all of the probs dealt with on show could b faced by any family makes it harder to think about systematic probs structural inequality rising income gap bt rich and poor consistently declining living wage idea that if huxtables could make it why cant everyone lgnores the fact that the majority of African American families are not like the huxtables and in fact the socioeconomic status they enjoy is more re ective of white privilege Gender key points dominance of the patriarchy how often we have shows struct around male father center of what holds fam together wout man the other characters would not exist man is in control responsible for fam success innate diffs bt men and women men are tough women are much weaker overly associated with emotion and irrationality emotional women vs violent men objecti cation of women sexuality in media has improved from exclusion of gay characters completely to LGBT character included in media transgender characters still remain very rare so often gaylesbian char are con ned to either comedy or reality tv removes the serious aspects of LGBT life detracts from legitimacy of gays as real people w real problems class in the media gets talked about less and less myth America is largely middle class even Americans perceive themselves that way reality almost half of Americans have negative net worth looking atdebt massive problem of wealth inequality popular shows of this day and age almost never deal with money issues modern family deals with sexuality and race but not money issues historically media has focused on upper class people get used to only seeing upper class perspectives causes people to want to aspire to almost unrealistic levels of wealth unrealistic depictions of what constitutes as wealthy hard to think of self as rich when there are shows like real housewives even if you may be in the top 10 of income in US idea of blaming the victim Always sunny launch wacky schemes for money that almost always result in disaster perpetuates ideas that people without nancial means are at fault for their issues because of their own actions quotlower classquot without lower income duck dynasty gives idea that these ppl are lower class look ridiculous do traditionally lower class things they are actually lthy rich gives idea that being lower class is a lifestyle choice its all about how you choose to carry yourself quotTough Guisequot
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