Animations ' Effect On Children : Annotated Bibliography

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Animations’ effect on children: An annotated bibliography

For years, the world grappled with racial and ethnic representation in media. Characters that come into our homes through TV screens- who we laugh with, cry with, get angry with- have more than just a temporary impact on our lives. They help us shape our own reality, “who we are, who we aspire to be, and how we view the world around us”(1). Race and ethnicity are not only physical attributes of people but also are ways of seeing and understanding the world. Given that many of the messages that children receive about race and ethnicity come to them through animation and cartoons it’s important to discover how it impacts them.

Animation is heavily aimed at children in our country and influences the way they perceive and enact with the world around them. Animation is used to teach moral lessons, engage creativity, and bolster confidence.(2) In the United States and other Western Contexts, whites have historically been associated with superiority and privilege; while non-whites have historically been associated with inferiority and labeled as the "Other" in society. This is widely depicted in most of the media we consume. Even in animation, most of the main characters in movies and television shows are white while people of color are often cast in certain roles such as the maid, the gangster or evil doer, the "model minority," or the supportive best friend. Despite the imaginativeness of animation, because of some…
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