Television Show 4

Television Show 4 - Colleen Wanner October 12, 2010 English...

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Colleen Wanner October 12, 2010 English Composition Final Draft The Scandalous Lives of Manhattan’s Elite As I watch the big, shiny screen with my undivided attention, envy takes over me as I watch Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf dominate Constance Billard School. From their luxurious wardrobe, their flawless looks, already mapped out futures, and their more than reliable incomes, you could only think that these characters live in the perfect world. “Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.” Gossip Girl airs on Mondays, at 8 p.m., on the CW. It is a series that narrates and revolves around the lives of privileged young adults living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York. I continue to gaze intently at the television, even though realizing this is far from reality not only for me, but also for Auburn University students. The television show Gossip Girl negatively distorts reality to its viewers through the absence of non-white characters, the glamorized, high-powered jobs, and the depiction of the perfect body even without a healthy lifestyle. Throughout each season of Gossip Girl the main characters have never been non- white. The environment they live in is displayed as an extremely affluent and segregated community. Between the private school they attend, the high-powering acquaintances they meet, and their close-nit friend group, there is no portrayal of any other race. The only non-white character that has been displayed was an Asian girl, who was one of Blair Waldorf’s sidekicks. She follows Blair’s lead and does everything she says. Blair is constantly rude to her and does not treat her as an equal. This strongly distorts reality to Auburn University students by not accurately representing diversity. It gives off the
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course ENGL 1010 taught by Professor Collins during the Fall '11 term at Auburn University.

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Television Show 4 - Colleen Wanner October 12, 2010 English...

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