distinct flavors. The mass media in the United States has major impact on the population. It helps mold their views on different countries and cultures that they portray. Many people develop their stereotypes of other people and different cultures based off what they see from the media rather than what they experience in person from the different cultures (Orbe, 2018). New media has brought human interaction and society to a highly interconnected and complex level (Chen, 2010). One way that the mass media has had an impact on the American view of Mexican culture is in cartoons. One such
cartoon is “Speedy Gonzales”, a cartoon mouse from Loony Toons. Speedy Gonzales was born in the 1950’s and was created to be what the United States considered to be a “typical” Mexican (Voxxi, 2013). The mouse wore an over sized sombrero, a very exaggerated Mexican accent, and a white shirt and pants with a red kerchief (Voxxi, 2013). While he spoke English, the creators also had the voice actors sprinkle in words like andele, arriba, amigo, gracias, senor, and gringo to make him sound more authentic. Speedy Gonzales became very popular and was a success with audiences (Voxxi, 2013). Another instance of the mass media and their affect on American societies view of Mexico is the view of immigrants as pollutants in United States society (Cisneros, 13). This is fueled by the association of Mexican immigrants with illegal activities such as drugs, crime, and other public expenditure problems. They support these associations with images of the Mexican immigrants in the popular media (Cisneros, 2008).Culture is defined as the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group. There are many differences between the United States and Mexican cultures. Along with those differences there are also many similarities.