Reflection on television shows or films

To Prepare
Review the Learning Resources for this week and think about how TV and film can function as a vehicle for delivering stereotypical messages (e.g., powerful women who sacrificed family for career and lamented their unmarried, childless status).
Reflect on television shows or films you have seen that employ stereotypical portrayals used by producers to condemn or endorse specific lifestyle choices.
Assignment:
Submit 3–5 pages, not including title page or reference page:
Your task is to choose a current (e.g., in the last 12 months) television program or a film and conduct a content analysis that identifies the stereotypical portrayals used by the producers to condemn or endorse specific lifestyle choices.
Choose one of the major characters in the movie or TV program you’ve selected.
Describe their physical appearance; are they made to look attractive?
What role does this person play in the story? Is it stereotypical? Are they effective in that role?
What is this person’s job? Is it stereotypical? Are they successful in their job?
Describe two or three specific actions taken by this person.
What was the outcome of each action? Was it positive or negative?
Do the actions/outcomes reinforce a stereotype?
Is the stereotype positive or negative?
How likable and/or intelligent is this person?
How desirable is this person’s lifestyle?
What are ways to mitigate the stereotyping portrayal you identified in your content analysis?
Be sure your analysis is informed by social psychology theory and research.
In addition to the Learning Resources, search the Walden Library and/or Internet for peer-reviewed articles to support your Assignment. Use proper APA format and citations, including those in the Learning Resources.
Learning Resources
Required Readings
Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R. M., & Sommers, S. R. (Eds.). (2019). Social psychology (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
• Chapter 13, “Prejudice: Causes, Consequences, and Cures”
Daalmans, S., Kleemans, M., & Sadza, A. (2017). Gender representation on gender-targeted television channels: A comparison of female- and male-targeted tv channels in the Netherlands. Sex Roles, 77(5–6), 366–378. doi:10.1007/s11199-016-0727-6
Jang, I. J., & Cordero-Pedrosa, C. (2016). To laugh or not to laugh at racist jokes. Peace Review, 28(4), 474–481.doi:10.1080/10402659.2016.1237116
Larsen, G. (2017). It’s a man’s world: Music groupies and the othering of women in the world of rock. Organization, 24(3), 397–417. doi:10.1177/1350508416689095

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