The Media 's Influence On Society 's Attitude Toward Pointing Out An Apparent Ongoing Struggle Between Whites And Blacks

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Why are so many of the top stories in the news adversarial and geared toward pointing out an apparent ongoing struggle between whites and blacks? Is it because society is only interested in hearing about what is going wrong in the world, or is the media trying to create controversy and increase racial tensions to garner larger television audiences and sell more newspapers? Many stories in the news relate to racism: police brutality, education, crime; the media has a way of portraying these matters or specific incidents to suggest that a vast majority of Americans are racist. What might happen if the media, specifically, and society in general, were to focus on the good aspects of our world and the positive sacrifices that individuals make to create a better world? I wouldn’t be so naïve to say that racism doesn’t exist, or imply that racist-motivated incidents don’t occur; however, the media’s representation of the news strongly influences society’s attitude towards racism.
Chapter eleven in “Introduction to Sociology”, by OpenStax states that “issues of race and ethnicity can be observed through three major sociological perspectives…” (237). Interactionism is the first of these theoretical perspectives. According the book, “…some interactionists propose that the symbols of race, not race itself, are what lead to racism…” (237). An example of this might be if an individual whose primary source of news is social media, and whose beliefs are derived from the pictures,…

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