The Effects Of Television On Children 's Influence On Society

1439 Words Apr 7th, 2015 6 Pages
According to the statistics gathered by Nielson’s 20ll “State of the Trends in TV Viewing,” over 99% of Americans own at least one television and average a total of 34 hours 39 minutes of TV viewing per week (Citation). Outlets such as television shows and movies have the power to influence viewers both directly and indirectly in positive manners; being able to see someone like yourself has the ability to shape how you view yourself and the world. However, the problem lies in the fact that the majority of those seen on TV are heterosexual, white, men; this leaves little to no chances of positive representation and depth of those not included in that category. This commonly leads to stereotypes. Seeing oneself positively represented in terms of race, sexuality, and gender on television encourages a positive mental and physical body image, while the opposite has the ability to create a lower sense of both self-worth and self-esteem. In terms of television, “representation refers to the authority granted by one group to another to monitor and uphold its interests.” (Citation). This being said, the group with the most power is in control of how said disadvantaged groups are viewed. As reported by a study conducted by UCLAs “2014 Hollywood Diversity Report: Making Sense of the Disconnect” of all the lead roles in broadcast shows only 5.1% belonged to minority actors despite minorities accounting for approximately 36.6% of the population. (Citation). The same can be seen with…
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