Media Bias Essay

2522 Words Jan 2nd, 2002 11 Pages
Introduction One problem that plagues us everyday without us even realizing it is media bias. We see it in the news. We see it on our favorite sitcoms. We read it everyday in the paper. Yet, we really don't recognize it when we hear it or see it. Media bias is evident in every aspect of the media, yet the problem is that we don't even recognize it when it is right in front of our faces. Are the impressions that we form about individuals a product of the media? Do we form certain opinions about particular types of people based solely on the things we see and hear in the media everyday without even realizing it? The problem is not only that there is media bias present, but also that we can't recognize it when we see it.

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Of course, the media will argue that this is for comical purposes only, but what if someone who has never met a blonde actually believes that they act this way. Their portrayal can in turn effect how a person stereotypes them upon their first meeting. It also shows that individuals in the media may feel that this is a characteristic of blondes that they in turn push off on society. These types of subtle biases may not appear to be actual biases, yet they are, because they in fact have some bearings on people forming opinions of others that are wrong and degrading. One other media bias that I will focus on is that of African Americans in the media. This is also a less obvious one because individuals will argue that the media as well as society as a whole has made progress in incorporating African Americans into the media. This is just like the case with women in the media, but on a larger scale. Just because African Americans are a part of the media does not mean that how they are portrayed in the media is accurate. Think about the news. Very seldom do you see an intelligent black person portrayed on the news. There are always a supposed shooting in the "ghetto" yet instead of asking a commentator that uses proper English, they choose the ones that are hysterical and probably don't even have a high school diploma. African American youth is shown by the media to be one of the nation's most serious problems. The drug and

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