Stereotypes And Stereotypes Of The Media

2214 Words May 27th, 2016 9 Pages
Stereotypes are inaccurate depictions of a certain group of people based off a cliche addressed to them by anyone. This natural act which often feeds off of implicit biases that are unconsciously brought about by many aspects from past experiences to the environment you are within. Whether these ideas advertised by the media are used to fuel desires for the “greater good” or used to instil hate within a community, they have been a part of society for generations. Research and instances throughout the media support the fact that the media does promulgate stereotypes in a negative manner and therefore should be discouraged and fought against to improve conditions for individuals worldwide.
The first thing that must be addressed is what a stereotype exactly is and dive into why they are so prevalent. In short, stereotypes are shortcuts that allow your brain to make a quick judgments based on visible characteristics such as (but not confined to) gender, race, or age. One of the most important themes used in social environments are stereotypes which act to depict common opinions within a certain group about people outside their circle. It improves relationships within the group by creating something they can agree on. They are internalized during social interaction. They can be a result of our own observations or from the influence of significant others, such as family, friends, teachers and media. While they can be innocent thoughts like assuming a senior citizen needs help…
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