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What is ideology?

Ideology is the way we apply meaning to the world around us, in order to make clear our definitions of values and world views
How does the media influence the creation and maintenance of ideology.

The media  creates and maintains ideologies in their representation of the family model on television shows.  Much has changed since the television era of the 1950’s and 1960’s where television was dominated by white, middle class, content American families (never an African American, Hispanic or Asian family, much less one of same sex parents and their children) that was neither reflective or inclusive of the American population.  While we have begun to see the inclusion of more characters and family models outside of the traditional ideology of the American family (take for example Glee, The New Normal, or Modern Family), the media still perpetuates the ideological white, middle class, content American family that has been the established ideological family model for many years.


Written by charityhitt

October 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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