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Race & Media Continued


Case Study on All in the Family and The Cosby Show

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Indiana University, Bloomington
Tel-T 205 - Intro to Media & Society

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TEL T205 1st Edition Lecture 17 Race and the Media Continued 1 All In The Family Explicitly dealt with race and prejudices a Impacts of the show i Majority of the audience identified with Archie The main characters attitudes and beliefs who is supposed to be out of touch when it comes to race in society the older generation 1 In the eyes of the audience Archie was not mocking it was validating their beliefs ii Show increased a division between blacks and whites 1 At some level the producers intent doesn t matter what is the audiences perspective on what s being produced 2 Impact of Comedy in Race a Purpose of humor is to make fun of racial stereotypes b However they have a stronger impact on racial stereotypes based on how we perceive them i In Drama we think critically about racism and look down on it counter argue ii In Comedy We do not think critically or evaluate we take at face value 1 More likely to incorporate and prime into our daily life 2 Ex Dave Chappelle left his show on comedy central after 3 seasons a Intention to tear down racial barriers and show how ridiculous stereotypes are b Felt audience was taking it the wrong way reinforcing stereotypes and so he left the show 3 Not consciously however comedy does not automatically make us think no that is wrong c Case Study The Cosby Show i In the 80 s was very popular with both black and white races ii Presented black family in an affluent lifestyle iii Provide a counter to the ghetto stereotype iv Focused on education motivation and hardwork v Impact research studies 1 Although some positives they came at a cost a Enlightened Racism Blacks are just as capable of success as whites but compared to every other belief of Blacks in the U S i Why aren t the other Black population doing well 1 Must not be focused on motivation education and hardwork These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute 2 Still

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