Media Messages: What Film, Television, and Popular Music Teach Us about Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

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M.E. Sharpe, 2000 - Social Science - 346 pages
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Do average Americans believe that what is portrayed on TV is more "real" that their own experience? This eye-opening book analyzes the kinds of messages about race, class, gender, and sexual orientation that are being conveyed in the entertainment media. The author examines the homogeneous images, characters, and themes that are offered on prime time television and in popular film and music, and their potential impact on the audience. She uses three main techniques -- reconstructing knowledge; personal experience; and entertainment assessment theory -- to illustrate media's view of the world and show how media stereotypes reinforce this view.

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The influence of various forms of media on American culture for good or ill has traditionally prompted debate. The issues are often complex, requiring a broad study of cultural perspectives as a whole ... Read full review

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Mention of La Quian in chapter on race in popular culture


The Connections Life Knowledge and Media
Gender In Pink and Blue and Vivid Color
Is the United States a Classless Society?
Racing in America Fact or Fiction?
Stories of Race in Popular Culture
Sexual Orientation and the Fabrication of Normal
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Holtzman is Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a teacher and an activist and a mother of five.

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