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radio-AA-stern--F06 - RACE ETHNICITY on RADIO Analyze the...

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ETHNICITY ETHNICITY on on RADIO RADIO Analyze the representation of race in the ethnic identity of Analyze the representation of race in the ethnic identity of Rita Hayworth Rita Hayworth • Margarita Carmen Cancino Jack Benny Jack Benny • Benjamin Kublesky • Relationship with his valet Rochester helps “anglicize” Benny To become a “star” . . . To become a “star” . . . Is to strip away ethnicity for a broadly Anglo- Saxon, “white” identity • Unless you are precisely an “ethnic type,” (usually comic or villainous) • “Whiteness” regarded as a “norm,” simply “human,” “unraced” reflected in mass media, but there’s more to reflected in mass media, but there’s more to be said be said • Stereotyped and denigrated groups are done an injustice, a “spiritual assassination” • That injustice contradicts presumed U.S. ideals of
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equality and social justice • Denigration reduces social support for economic and social justice Amos ‘n’ Andy 1st serial/sitcom (no ‘gags’, relaxed pace) Radio 1926-1959 Few blacks on air ‘20s-so popular life – and movies -- stop while it’s on TV 1951-1953 Reruns to 1966 Black cast. .. Dominant Society Implicit Question: Who are these people? Warm but denigrating presentation reassures dominant culture Constructs African Americans as unthreatening Comfortable with segregation and economic inequality and . . . Incompetent to utilize equal opportunity if they ever got it NAACP criticizes A&A on NAACP criticizes A&A on TV TV • Negroes as lazy, dumb, dishonest • Professionals = clowns, quacks • Women = screaming shrews • Impression A&A shows entire race
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Talk Radio Talk Radio Claim: • “greatest forum for American citizens in history” • citizens ignored by govt, ‘liberal media’ • hosts “only ones who will listen” Positive cultural appeals? Positive cultural appeals?
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  • Spring '08
  • PARISI
  • Human sexual behavior, Talk radio, conventional radio decency, music standard radio, Robin Quivers, political radio therapy

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