Gender stereotypes in mass media

This results in people from diverse cultures shown as a stereotype that has been assigned to them and not a display as an ordinary person or situation.

Damned or Doomed--Catalyst Study on Gender Stereotyping …

One important attitude or belief that is easily influenced by mass media are stereotypes.
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Stereotyping Mexicans | Cultural Misconceptions

For every Cosby Show or Fresh Prince of Bel Aire there is a Good Times, Sanford and Son or Cops to cancel out the positive effect that the show may have. The Cosby Show clearly had the effect of broadening the American television publics perception of black family and black economic status. "Shows like 'Sanford and Son' and 'Good Times' showed a lot of different stereotypes with Fred Sanford always having crazy schemes and being presented as lazy and J.J. from "Good Times" as a cartoony street wise jivetalker" (Reality in Television). Until we successfully decrease the number of "bad" shows that airs for every "good" show, we aren't really making any progress.

Stereotyping the Working Class | Working-Class …

The United States is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, but the media and entertainment industries tell a different story. While improvements have been made over the last several decades in the way race, ethnicity, gender and other social issues are portrayed in the media, the entertainment industry still has far to go in its attempt to reflect society's changing demographics. For instance, a 1997 study discovered that ethnic minority groups make up 15.7% of prime time drama casts, even though they represent of the population; 26% of major characters in movies are women, although they comprise 51% of the population... When people of color, women, seniors and other social groups are portrayed, activist groups contend, these images are often stereotypical, inaccurate and not reflective of the individual diversity that exists in real life. An American Psychological Association task force concluded that minorities are not only underrepresented on television, but are 'segregated in specific types of content, and rarely engage in cross-ethnic interactions.' (1-2)

The term agenda setting, is used to define the mass media's way of determining what will be news and what won't (6).
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ccit205 - Impact of Media on Stereotypes and Generalizations

In studies of prime time entertainment reaching from the 1950's to the 1990's, we found that black representation has gradually increased and negative stereotypes have decreased. Blacks are more likely to be portrayed positively than are whites, and they engage in proportionately less violent and criminal behavior. An exception to this general pattern is the newly popular genre of reality based programming, which frequently casts minorities in criminal roles. Latinos are less visible in prime time television than they were in the 1950's. Their portrayals have not improved markedly since the days of Jose Jimenez and Frito Bandito. (Distorted Reality)

Media Research Promoting Gender, Race, and LGBTQ Diversity

In contrast to Chris Rocks humor which often demeans blacks, Eddie Murphy uses his position as a comedian and entertainer to erase certain stereotypes and expose social problems. The movie which Eddie Murphy produces and stars in with Martin Lawrence, while it is not exclusively a Black movie, subtly exposes how racism and drug arrests are related. The movie takes place during Prohibition, which acts as the parallel for the drug crisis of today. Lawrences and Murphy's characters are arrested for the murder of another black man, a murder which was actually committed by the local police. Because the police suspect the two men of trafficking alcohol, they become easy villains to the judge who quickly proceeds to sentence the two men to life in prison. As the police chief mentioned in one of the EDGE lectures, drug dealers are often easy targets for corrupt police in our society because they have been villainized as the cause of all crime and problems within society. The media depicts the stereotypical drug dealers of today as Black or Latino thugs who are ready to kill at any moment. Because they are depicetd as villains, it is very easy for people to believe them to be killers in the same way that it is easy for the characters in to believe that the Nack men are murderers. By setting the film during Prohibition instead of modern times, the filmmakers are able to make their point without attacking anyone who can really fight back. This wonderful comedy therefore serves a social purpose by explaining how innocent people can get in trouble very easily, and by contradicting the images of drug dealers that many people believe to be true. Eddie Murphy therefore chose a great film to make and be a part of, and he should be commended for doing so.

Media Portrayals of Religion: Islam | MediaSmarts

"Even today the motion picture has not quite outgrown its immaturity. It still uses talented Negro players to fit into the ~d stereotypes of the loving Mammy and comic servant..."