The Media's Purpose

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Amadu Dainkey
04/12/12

The Media's Purpose
The media affects how people see the world in different ways. The American popular culture creates stereotypes, which are perpetuated throughout the media and adversely affects others. Through the media, many people get messages where people are not doing the right thing, but are portrayed as they are doing the right thing. Younger kids see drug dealers with a lot of money on television, and think that that's what they should do. Even rap artist would agree. Lil Wayne said, “ I seen my role model hustle, so now I gotta hustle (Wayne).” The American popular culture has placed an emphasis on the wrong and negative values in the society.In today’s media the stereotypes in gender play an adverse roll in America.“When I was born, they looked at me and said: 'What a good boy, what a smart boy, what a strong boy!' And when you were born, they looked at you and said: 'What a good girl, what a smart girl, what a pretty girl!'” (The Barenaked Ladies). In this quote, the intended meaning is to show how men appear to stronger and depended on; while the women are just looked as pretty and smart. There are many different stereotypes that are portrayed when comparing men and women in America. For example, when people try and determine what a "real" man is. The media has many suggestions as to what a man should be, but does not mean it is true. The media would make this person out to be perfect; he would be wealthy, liked by everyone and has no social problems. That is the main stereotype in the media. The other popular stereotypes that are perpetuated in the media or popular culture are: the jocks, the strong silent type, the big shot, and the action hero. All of these characters contain some type of similarity, they all appear to be aggressive or muscular built. Women in the media emphasize on having a significant other who is tall and strong. How come "the geeks" never has a happy ending? Or, how come the jocks are always the...
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