The brief scene that I chose to analyze is a scene from the popular NBC sitcom

The brief scene that I chose to analyze is a scene from the popular NBC sitcom

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C.J. Toledano Mid-term Culture, Race, and Media March 18, 2008 The brief scene that I chose to analyze is a scene from the popular NBC sitcom “The Office.” Fittingly, the scene that the episode is from is called, “Diversity Day.” There are many reasons why I chose this as my way of investigating my media literacy but the main reason is I want to be a comedy writer and exploring the way race is presented in this line of work is important to me especially as a minority myself. I want the work I produce to be the funniest it can be to an audience but also be able to maintain the utmost intelligence and not further reinforce stereotypes. To set up the specific scene that I chose, this is what happened prior to it. A speaker, Mr. Brown, who specializes in educating business offices in the importance of not being racist in the workplace, gathers all of the employees into the conference room where he begins the presentation. During the presentation, Michael Scott, the boss of the small town Pennsylvania paper company, begins to interrupt it by giving his own thoughts of racism complete with inappropriate examples such as a famous Chris Rock stand-up bit about how there are “two different types of black people.” While the presentation from Mr. Brown is seen as a failure by Michael, he decides it is his responsibility to give his own presentation. This is where my scene begins. The scene opens with all of the employees gathered again in the conference room. To kick off Michael’s presentation, he shows a very short home made video in which he misquoted Abraham Lincoln as saying, “If you’re a racist, I will attack you with the North.” He then opens it up to questions in which Kelly Kapoor speaks up not to ask a question but to excuse herself due to a customer meeting in which she has to tend to. Kelly’s ethnicity is Indian and she is one of two minorities in the office so Michael is somewhat angered by the fact that she was not going to be present. He continued on
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C.J. Toledano Mid-term Culture, Race, and Media March 18, 2008 regardless. The next part of the presentation, Michael introduces himself and explains all of
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Oldlady during the Spring '07 term at Columbia College.

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The brief scene that I chose to analyze is a scene from the popular NBC sitcom

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