Buffoons for comical purposes rather than as a means

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“buffoons” for comical purposes rather than as a means of mockery of the working class. I easily understood the advertising aspect of using the working class to sell the “American Dream”. However, I feel that in modern television this trend has somewhat come to an end. You do not often see commercials focusing on full lifestyle improvement or advancement from one class to another through using their product. Two main points of the film were very shocking to me: the vast difference in the “look” of a person from one class to another, and the fact that people in the working class are viewed as failures. First, the film Class Dismissed brought to my attention the fact that the working class is often shown on TV in dirty and ripped clothing, with a lack of personal hygiene. In contrast, middle class people are always shown in professional, nice clothing and tend to be much more attractive than the working class. I have noticed this in television before, but I failed to make the connection with attire and looks to a certain social class. People in the working class tend to have jobs that will cause their clothes to become dirty or ripped but TV does not acknowledge the fact that they are not always in their “work clothes.” Second, the thought that members of the working class are viewed as failures was very unsettling to me. Unfortunately not everyone
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is able to receive an education that would allow them to have a job outside of manual labor but that does not mean those in the working class have no achieved anything. TV ignores the fact that economical and other outside factors are the reason for some being in the working class, not their own personal lack of achievement or drive. Television shows generalize the working class in a way that is entertaining. After watching this film I almost feel guilty for watching some of the television shows I now know mock the working class. I also noticed that television often fails to acknowledge the fact that without the working class, the middle class would not be able to live the way they do. Without the working class, society would not function how it does. Their jobs are just as necessary as doctor
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