Sarah Benton Cultural Diversity Online Sp 09 Media and Stereotypes

Sarah Benton Cultural Diversity Online Sp 09 Media and Stereotypes

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Sarah Benton Cultural Diversity Online Sp 09 Media and Stereotypes I partially agree with Gordon Barry when he states that the media and Hollywood perpetuate stereotypes. Shows such as ABC’s “Private Practice” or “Grey’s Anatomy” perpetuate one side of the stereotype, while shows such as UPN’s “Girlfriends” shows the other side of it. On the one hand, consumers want to watch what they know. As an upper middle class white student with hopes of becoming a doctor, I would enjoy ABC’s lineup, while a black woman, living in an urban area might enjoy “Girlfriends” or similar
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Unformatted text preview: programming. While writers do write the negative story before the positive, they write as a means to garner viewership. Based on this argument, one might say that it is a vicious circle, in which viewers see stereotypes from a young age, and Hollywood keeps producing these shows because people want to see what they know and what they believe. Either way, I believe that while the stereotypes are written and produced by Hollywood, consumers aid the media by watching and not calling foul....
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