The purpose of this assignment is to examine stereotypes on television to see if it promotes prejudice and discrimination. Pick a television program (you can also use a movie if you want) of your choice; it should be something fairly current and can be a drama or a situation comedy. Using what you have learned from your readings, analyze the program and answer the following questions in your essay:
What is the overall storyline and setting of the television program/movie? Who are the main characters? (Remember you will need to provide a proper citation for the program/movie.)
Does the program portray the main or supporting characters in a stereotypical manner in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, age, etc? If yes, describe the stereotypes and explain how the stereotypes might promote prejudice and discrimination. If the program does not seem to promote stereotypes, explain how it was able to avoid doing so.
Discuss the impact of stereotypes depicted in the media on individuals and society, using at least two contemporary examples. (These are not what you have talked about in regards to the tv program/movie but two additional examples from the media- for example: the news, in magazine ads, commercials, etc.)
Don’t forget to cite your sources- i.e. the show/movie you discuss should be cited both in the text and in the reference list! (Use the Purdue OWL website to find the way to cite a movie/television show).
Your paper should be 3-5 pages (three to five pages excluding the title page and reference page). Utilize APA format. You do not need an abstract. Your paper will be double spaced, and 12 point Times New Roman Font.
See the rubric below.
As always- let me know if you have questions!
Stereotypes in the Media Maximum Points
Included the following in the essay:
• Picked a current television program or movie and described its overall storyline, setting, and main characters.
• Analyzed and explained whether the program portrays the main or supporting characters in a stereotypical manner in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, age, etc. If yes, described the stereotypes and explained how the stereotypes might promote prejudice and discrimination. If not, explained how the program was able to avoid promoting stereotypes.
• Discussed the impact of the stereotypes depicted in the media on individuals and society, using at least two contemporary examples. 70
Used appropriate terms and concepts from course and/or outside readings. 15
Wrote in your own words using quoted material sparingly. 5
Used correct spelling, grammar.
Used correct APA format. 10