Reality Versus Stereotypes : Portrayals Of Social Class Essay

2017 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
Reality Versus Stereotypes: Portrayals of Social Class in the Media
Sheryl Sandberg, an American technology executive, activist, author, and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, once said, “We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.” Sandberg mentions how people’s expectations are set by stereotypes, which the media reinforces. The stereotypes of social class are extremely prevalent in the media through the way the wealthy, the working, and poor classes are portrayed. Dianne Kendall, a professor of sociology at Baylor University, wrote the 2005 book Framing Class: Media Representations of Wealthy and Poverty in America with the excerpt “ Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption” that analyzes how the media stereotypes social classes and categorizes them into theoretical frameworks. The theoretical frameworks can be applied to movies, like The Blind Side, in order to emphasize how the media portrays people of different social classes. The films also send cultural messages about social class to the audience, thus, reinforcing stereotypes. This essay will analyze how Kendall’s frames depict a lens that will then be applied to John Lee Hancock’s 2009 movie, The Blind Side. The movie features African American actor Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher, the homeless high school boy with the potential…

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