fmp 250 - stereotyping in the media

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FMP 250 / Valenti Process of Racism and Stereotyping in Film and TV Film and television are two of the most effective and, potentially, dangerous mediums through which racial stereotypes can be promalgated. The portrayal of class, vocation, family life and personality can have a deep impact on societies view of a group of people. Historically, non-white characters have been assigned peripheral roles as low- paid workers and criminals. In recent times, the paradigm has begun to shift and non- white characters have been given more substantial roles, including leading roles. This shift has come, in my view, from the wider societal acceptance of people of different races in every day life. In the past, the process of stereotyping made the white audience feel safe, as the non-whites were put in their place where people thought they should be. As society grew more diverse and tolerable over the past decades, the process of stereotyping has taken a backseat for the most part (although not completely) to talent
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Unformatted text preview: and the actor's ability to effectively portray a role. Despite the advances in race relations in America over the last several decades, there is still an undercurrent of stereotypical casting. Criminals are often black, people who work in gas stations or groceries are often latino or asian, and the primary characters are often white. As long as whites remain the predominant race in the United States, however, it is not surprising to see them cast in the majority of roles. The important feature of modern stereotyping to recognize is that it is no longer as stark and dehumanizing as it once was. More blacks may be cast as criminals than whites (which has been the case since the inception of film and television), but more blacks are also being cast in the roles of police officers, lawyers, doctors, etc. As society seeks to balance racial interaction in society at large, the process is slowly but surely being reflected in the major entertainment mediums of film and television....
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