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Gender Roles in The Cosby Show - Gender Roles in The Cosby Show On September 20, 1984 a show aired that changed the way we view gender roles on television. Television still perpetuates traditional gender stereotypes and in reflecting them TV reinforces them by presenting them as the norm (Chandler, 1). The Cosby Show, challenged the typical gender stereotyping of television, daring to go against the dominant social values of its time period. In its challenge of the dominant social view, the show redefined the portrayal of male and female roles in television....   [tags: Gender Television Media The Cosby Show Essays TV]
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Cosby and Soto - Bill Cosby’s “Go Deep to the Sewer” and Gary Soto’s “The Talk” are two short stories that share ample contrasting qualities. Cosby’s short story depicts the carefree side of childhood while Soto’s short story portrays the equivocal side of childhood. The nonchalant version found in Cosby’s narrative brings the reader into the diurnal lifestyle of a child in Philadelphia which includes amusement and play. On the other hand, Soto’s ambivalent version captures the reader into the minds of two friends who spend their time contemplating ways to better themselves for the sake of their future....   [tags: Go Deep to the Sewer, The Talk] 742 words
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Analysis of Bill Cosby’s “The Pound Cake Speech” - During the 2004 NAACP awards ceremony at Washington, D.C., in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark case Brown vs. Board of Education , Bill Cosby delivers a speech, which would be subsequently referred to as “The Pound Cake Speech, criticizing the lifestyle and lack of parenting in the African–American community. The speech has been severely criticized for it is delivery and topics expressed within it. Author Jerome Corsi notes, "Cosby was attacked both for his flippant tone and because his argument appeared to 'blame the victim' for the racial inequality and racial injustice suffered." The purpose of this essay is to examine why the use of comedy, partitioning of listeners...   [tags: race, parenting, pathos]
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Two Comedic Television Families, The Cosby Show and Rosanne - American families depicted in television comedy shows outwardly appear as stereotypical characters. Extreme contrasting types are used to exaggerate real life: wealthy or poor, urban or rural, and sophisticated or naïve. This is not only for entertainment value, it seems: the characteristics of these families can represent the diversity within the families across our nation. As a show develops it can reach out to the audience by touching on more realistic values. A demonstration of how a television family deals with an issue can make that family appear to be even more similar to each other and comparable to real American families as well....   [tags: household, children, sitcom]
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bill cosby - Bill Cosby Bill Cosby was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1937 as William Henry Cosby, Jr. In the 1950’s, Bill Cosby dropped out of high school to join the Navy. He did attend college on a football scholarship at Temple University years later. He also completed his doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts during the 1970‘s. In 1965, Bill Cosby married his wife, Camille Hanks. They have celebrated 35 years of marriage, and this year will make 36 years. They had five children: Erika, Erinn, Ens, Evin, and Ennis (who was tragically killed in January of 1997)....   [tags: essays research papers] 347 words
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Cosby Park - Cosby Park The Great Smoky Mountains is one of the most famous parks in the United States. The park is known for its beautiful mountains and streams, clean air, and frequent rain. My local part of the park is Cosby, located in the Great Smoky Mountains eighty-two miles west of the East Tennessee State University campus (www.nps.gov.grsm.prcoscg.htm). The park is a wonderful, activity-filled stop for any student wanting to get away for a few days. The drive to Cosby passes by quickly because of all the interesting sites along the way....   [tags: Descriptive Essay About A Place]
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Socially Constructed Stereotypes in All in the Family, The Jefferson’s and The Cosby Show. - Eye witness accounts of events are not always accurate. The accounts depicted by depend on how witnesses read the situation. The same is true when interpreting the depiction of race and/or ethnicity in media productions. Because situations gain meaning through the process of social construction (the interpretation of a situation based on one’s knowledge), the same event can be viewed and internalized by witnesses who render opposing viewpoints. This analysis will compare the depiction and rejection of socially constructed stereotypes relative to race and ethnicity in three situation comedies: All in the Family, The Jefferson’s and The Cosby Show....   [tags: Race, Ethnicity, Stereotypes]
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Achievement of the American Dream of an African American Family in The Cosby Show - ... The space is not calling attention to itself, nor is it confrontational. Their lifestyle does not seem threatening, but rather welcoming and relatable. They are a homogenized and integrated American family. The set design transcends Huxtable family, as well as the entire population of African Americans they were expected to represent, beyond the stereotype of the servant. The Huxtable family is obviously financially successful, despite racial impediments. The subdued color palette of the set design allows the family to become assimilated into the homes of whoever has this show playing on their television screen....   [tags: race, set, costumes] 1794 words
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Commentary on Bill Cosby´s Dr. Spock Never Promised Us a Rose Garden - ... In the section of Dr. Spock you would notice how he would try to take over, but the mother would come in and overrule the situation, with a threat towards the children and or the father. Even though the father is not the boss of the household, the mother would still try to use the father as a serious threat towards the child. Bill Cosby makes interesting points in his essay against the mother role was well. As the mother role in parenting, the mother is more loving and nurturing towards her child, until something happens that she doesn’t approve of, that’s when the mother’s wrath come upon....   [tags: Parenting, Children] 602 words
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African American Comedies Effect - African American Comedies Effect on my Childhood and Growth When you’re bored, what do you do. I find that when boredom hits reading a book simply puts me to sleep. I find boredom cured by television; but as I’m sure you already know that even television can bore you to tears sometimes. I have found that I enjoy watching comedies to entertain me, but not pointless comedies with no plot; just jokes. I am enticed by comedies with a good plot and that teaches me more than just how to make someone laugh....   [tags: Cosby Show, The Jeffersons, Good Life]
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Fighting Charges of Assimilation in Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and The Cosby Show - Fighting Charges of Assimilation in Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and The Cosby Show The critical reception of The Cosby Show, an enormously popular television sitcom in the 1980's, roughly paralleled that of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry's highly acclaimed play of the 1950's. Both the television series and the play helped change the way Blacks are portrayed in the entertainment media. But despite being initially greeted with critical praise, both subsequently fell under heavy scrutiny by many critics for being too assimilationist....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]
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The Impact of African-American Sitcoms on America's Culture - The Impact of African-American Sitcoms on America's Culture Since its start, the television industry has been criticized for perpetuating myths and stereotypes about African-Americans through characterizations, story lines, and plots. The situation comedy has been the area that has seemed to draw the most criticism, analysis, and disapproval for stereotyping. From Sanford and Son and The Jefferson’s in the 1970s to The Cosby Show (1984) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 1990s, sitcoms featuring black casts and characters have always been controversial....   [tags: Fresh Prince Bel-Air Jeffersons Cosby Essays] 974 words
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The Racial Struggle in The United States - Often times, when one looks at the African American struggle in the United States, one will start with historic events. May these events be the importation of slaves to the Americas in the colonial period or the modern civil rights movement of the 1950’s, one key thing that is missing is the current tests and trials of African American’s. In recent years, African Americans of all classes and all origins have looked back on the previously stated historic events and then to their children and wonder what went wrong....   [tags: african americans, slaves]
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Communication Can and Will Be Used to Express and Manipulate the Values of the Masses - Communication and Human Values turned out to not be what I was expecting. I came into the classing expecting it to be a course, which discussed what people thought of the forms of communication, not a class about how communication and its mediums could, and have, affected the general populace. I was wrong to judge the course by its title. Now, however, I see that the title truly explained the core meaning of this course. That core meaning of this course is that communication can and will be used to express and manipulate the values of the masses....   [tags: course review and reflections] 565 words
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African Americans role of Television - African Americans role of Television The roles African Americans play on television are not satisfactory. Though the roles have changed during the development of television, the current relationship is not representative of true African American people or their lifestyles. The question is how do the past roles African Americans play in television sitcoms compare to the current roles. How does this affect society’s perception of the African American in American culture. Throughout the history of television the roles and the representation of African Americans has developed with the changing cultural conditions....   [tags: essays papers] 2271 words
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Racial Inequalities and Tension - After centuries of fighting, protesting, and labor, the fight for equality seemed to reach a conclusion. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 brought an end to segregation and promoted full equal opportunities for not only African Americans but other ethnicities as well. America elected Barack Obama as its president, allowed certain months to represent cultural awareness, and immigration numbers augmented. However, regardless of the fact that the country becomes increasingly diverse by the day and heavy, racial social boundaries no longer exist, racism, prejudice, and stereotypes still exist....   [tags: Article Review]
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Cosbys Ebonics - Cosby on Ebonics In 1996, the Oakland School District proposed the inclusion of what is known as "Ebonics" into its curriculum. Ebonics, or Black language, has been referred to in various ways over the years: "African American Vernacular English," "Pan-African Communication Behaviors," "African Language Systems," or "West and Niger-Congo African Language Systems." By any name, Ebonics, when studied over the years, has been proven to be a real language with its own phonology, syntax, morphology, sentence patterns, and double interpretations of words....   [tags: essays research papers] 1020 words
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Television: A Vast Wasteland - The Cosby Show was the pinnacle of American television. Based on an affluent African-American family in Brooklyn, New York, The Cosby Show demonstrated how to effectively raise a family. The sitcom starred Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable, a confident, assertive, and eloquent attorney. Alongside Rashad was Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable, an eccentric and whimsical obstetrician. Together, Clair and Cliff reared five children in the midst of several complex obstacles. When faced with Sondra’s decision not to go to law school, Denise’s decision to discontinue her education, Theo’s satisfaction with mediocre grades, and Vanessa’s rebellious behavior, the Huxtables never ceased to use humor and di...   [tags: Television]
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What Exactly is the Typical American Family - For numerous years now, when we think of the typical American family, our thoughts often go to the suburbs. We picture a family with a father, mother and the average 2.5 children. This ideal family most likely has it's roots in the 1950's. After World War II,, there was a significant move from urban and rural areas to the newly formed suburbs. A substantial part of this move can be attributed to the low interest mortgage loans supplied by the GI bill, signed into law in 1944.1 There was also another significant change coming to the American family, the television set....   [tags: ideal family, suburbs, urban areas, millenials]
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Comparing the Huxtables with My Family - Compating the Huxtables with My Family Watching a comedy sitcom like The Cosby Show is a great way to unwind from a stressful day at school. The show's characters are likeable and the storyline is humorous, but halfway through the program I usually turn the television off and return to the kitchen to wash the dinner dishes. Watching The Cosby Show makes me feel guilty. The Huxtables are too perfect. Their house is too perfect. In comparison to the Huxtables I feel like an unfit mother in a slovenly, dysfunctional family....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 838 words
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Video Analysis of Color Adjustment - Marlon T. Riggs’ video, Color Adjustment, offers the viewer an exciting trip though the history of television, focusing on the representation, or lack thereof, of African-Americans. A perfectly chosen combination of television producers, actors, sociologists, and cultural critics join forces to offer insight and professional opinion about the status of African-Americans in television since the inception of television itself. As Color Adjustment traces the history of television shows from Amos n’ Andy and Julia to "ghetto sitcoms" and The Cosby Show, the cast of television professionals and cultural critics discuss the impacts those representations have on both the African-American community...   [tags: Marlon T. Riggs] 1952 words
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Blacks on Television: Amos & Andy - Portrayal of African Americans on television is frequently a controversial topic. Throughout its rather brief history, television, in its programming, has skewed predominantly white, (Pringozy, 2007). This was clearer in the 1950s and early 1960s, and it even remained true throughout the 1970s, when television shows with mainly all African American casts became hits, (Strausbaugh, 2006). The success of The Cosby Show in the 1980s helped to improve race relations somewhat, or at least on television, (McNeil, 1996)....   [tags: Race]
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Questions and Answers - US History - 21) Explain the rebellions in Massachusetts and New York after the Glorious Revolution in 1688. In 1686, the former Duke of York combined New York, New Jersey and New England into the Dominion in order to facilitate the illegal trading activities. Sir Andros was appointed as governor. When King James II was still in power, he removed all the colonial legislative powers so that Andros could rule with absolute power. His rule was highly unpopular in Massachusetts and when the word of the Glorious Revolution reached Boston in 1688, a mob that had been organized by political officials arrested Andros and restored to their pre-dominion state....   [tags: Colonial America] 1102 words
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The Reality and Misinformation of Tabloids - Currently, in the realm of printed journalism, American Media—owner of popular tabloids such as the Enquirer, Globe, and National Examiner—“reports [the] total circulation at 5.4 million.” (Grabianowsky) A British tabloid-newspaper industry went on trial on October 20 in 2013 due to the alleged “phone hacking and obstructing of justice” done by two of the industry’s elite editors. (Erlanger, and Castle) The birth of the “tabloid” marked a major milestone in history. Created by Alfred Harmsworth, a British journalist famed for his popular publications, tabloids sprang to a common term as a result of an invitation “to edit [John Pulitzer’s] New York World for the welcoming of the 20th century....   [tags: journalism, social, affairs] 1351 words
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The Impact of African American Roles on Television - The image of African Americans has been greatly depreciated by the roles they play on television sitcoms. On these shows African Americans are depicted as being maids, clowns, and buffoons. This misrepresentation of African Americans has become common place through out the media. One of the most controversial sitcoms was the Amos ‘n Andy Show. This sitcom included two black comedic men and began the creation of the African American stereotypes that most people have grown accustom to today. The Amos ‘n Andy Show began as a radio show with two white men portraying two black comedic men....   [tags: essays research papers] 826 words
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Racism in Comedy - ... This form of music was written by black and white song writers, and white men would dress up and paint their faces black with coal and then start imitating blacks performing these songs. In the later years the black entertainers also started to do the same thing by blacking out as whites playing blacks. It seemed like its purpose was to only reinforce ugly racial stereo types. Despite the racial attacks towards each other the minstrel shows was a blend of nock about comedy, lively music, and sophisticated elegance in which even to this day blacks and whites alike still continue to interpret and misinterpret each other all in the name entertainment and making people laugh....   [tags: racial words in sketeches, nigger]
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Evolutionary Families - Waking up in the morning and scrambling to finish homework, realizing you left your textbook at your dad’s could be a problem. Your mom is late for work and cannot drive you to your dad’s house. As a result, you will receive a zero for the assignment. A few decades ago, scenarios like this were not prevalent. However, with the change in family structure, this situation is now very common. Over decades, television shows have reflected the social changes of the family structure. Starting with the 1960’s, a family commonly consisted of parents and their children....   [tags: Television]
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A Brief Narrative of the Case and Trial of John Peter Zenger by Hamilton - When discussing the media, we must search back to its primal state the News Paper. For it was the News paper and its writers that forged ahead and allowed freedoms for today’s journalism on all fronts, from the Twitter accounts to the daily gazettes all must mark a single event in the evolution of media in respects to politics and all things shaping. Moving on in media history, we began to see a rapid expansion around 1990. With more than 50% of all American homes having cable TV access, newspapers in every city and town with major newspaper centers reaching far more than ever before....   [tags: freedom, journalism, media]
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Media and Visual Culture Interpreted the Notion of Black Masculinity - ... These shows define manhood by what the male character can offer to daily situations, causing the audience to reconsider what actions define a man. Hankes argues “in contrast to Dr. Cliff Huxtable of the Cosby show, Tim Allen represents a pro-male stance within white, middle –class domesticity”. Tim Allen’s character differs from that of cliff Huxtable because Cliff Huxtable was representative of intelligent successful head of the household; whereas, Tim Allen is deemed as passive and unintelligent male doing a trade job....   [tags: heterosexual male, comedy, emotions] 789 words
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Implications of the Obsession with Looks in today's Youth - ... This has been a great reason that has influenced the young generation dressing style. Some of the youth go to an extra mile of even changing their physical appearance by doing plastic surgery just to look like a particular celebrity (Conger, 1991). With all these new look among the young generation; it comes with different implications that are either positive or negative. The impacts they impose on the youth affects them for as long time as they live on planet earth. These implications are: these trendy looks make these youth population to spend a lot of money in order to buy the trendy cloths and accessories....   [tags: self image and perception]
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The Benefits of Sex Education in Public Schools - Bill Cosby quotes, “sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I do not believe that kids should be given homework.” Although Cosby makes light of the situation, educating the youth about sex and sexuality is imperative to providing a holistic educational experience. Sexual education in the public school setting is best described as education about human anatomy, reproduction, intercourse, and other human sexual behavior. Most importantly, sex education in an academic setting which provides students the facts they need to make informed decisions regarding their own sexuality and sexual behaviors....   [tags: Education, argumentative, persuasive]
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Karl Marx’s Theory of the Capitalist Economic System - ... These shows convince us and build our views of the middle class. These are the families that we feel closely related to and the fact that they are portrayed as middle class, make us believe that we are also the middle class and not a part of the working class. To further persuade the audience, the addition of reality tv and shows like, Jerry Springer, Maury and Cops, makes the audience view the working class as second class citizens. Karl Marx’s capitalist system categorizes individuals into three distinct classes (2014, Brym)....   [tags: economist, philosopher,sociologist]
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Abraham and Isaac: Was God’s Command Moral? - “Abraham…Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” Genesis 22:2 Thus, Abraham, with perfect faith and trust in the Lord, sets out the next morning.to follow the commandment of God. This is the beginning of one of the most intriguing and horrific stories in the Old Testament. A man willing to kill his only son because he believes it is a Divine command from God. All well and good for Abraham; however, what if someone today came to me and said that the Lord had told them to sacrifice their child....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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African American’s Decision Making: Choice vs. Constraint - African American’s Decision Making: Choice vs. Constraint At the age of thirteen-year-old, Jonathan (a pseudonym) knows all the names and shapes of the weapons circulating his neighborhood. Jonathan lives with his brothers and mother in a poor-income neighborhood of a metropolitan area. As a result of a lack of father’s presence in his life, his uncle serves as his male role model. In many occasions, when his uncle “goes out and steal” at the nearby stores, Jonathan is often his look out. Despite the criminal laws and police regulations, crime rates in these poor urban neighborhoods are escalating with incarceration rates and death rates follow suits....   [tags: community violence, weapons, laws]
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Participation in Team Sports Builds Character - The involvement in team sports builds good character and social development skills in children. According to LHSAA executive director, Kenny Henderson “Children who participate in sports have heightened self-esteem, social skills, ability to work well with others and more respect.” Young adults who have played team sports are less likely to take illegal drugs. Adults who played sports as children have better social and leadership skills. Sports provide children with experiences and interactions necessary to grow into an adult with good character and sufficient social skills....   [tags: School, children, social development ]
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Historical Racial Issues of Broadcast Television - ... However in 1977, ABC aired the miniseries Roots which told the story of African American survival over atrocities in white history (Hilmes, 316). The show brought to light the African American experience in the context of the history that Americans knew so well. Even though it did not include many aspects of the story such as economic racism, the miniseries helped shape a new era for African American portrayal on TV. The mainstream culture was now more open to the black identity. The documentary Color Adjustment also examines the progression of the role of African Americans in television....   [tags: civil rights, representation, culture]
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The True Definition of Success - Is there someone you know that is wealthy and prominent. Do they demonstrate the characteristics of a successful person in today’s society. Media today has effectively convinced our society into accepting an untrue, even possibly hazardous definition of success. Even though Webster’s dictionary defines success as “achieving wealth, respect, and fame,” the definition of success is different for everyone. Society wants us to accept that having money, having big house, and owning multiple cars is the key to happiness, and henceforth, success....   [tags: Society, Work, Intelligence] 698 words
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Racial Stereotypes in Television - Racial stereotyping in the media should be stopped because it teaches thee current generation to embrace the views before them. For countless years, various religious and ethnic groups have been portrayed on television based on the popular and, many times, erroneous stereotypes. Past generations have grown up with their religion or ethnic group exposed in a light that may be very negative and insulting to their culture. Television over the years has molded the minds of its viewers – young and molding the minds of young viewers and showing them that the way a certain group of people are being portrayed, is the way they really are....   [tags: Race, Media]
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AfricanAmerican Representation in the Media - AfricanAmerican Representation in the Media In Jacqueline Bobo's article, The Color Purple : Black Women as Cultural Readers, she discusses the way in which black women create meaning out of the mainstream text of the film The Color Purple. In Leslie B. Innis and Joe R. Feagin's article, The Cosby Show: The View From the Black Middle Class, they are examining black middle-class responses to the portrayal of black family life on The Cosby Show. In their respective articles, Bobo, and Innis and Feagin are investigating the representation of race, particularly African American race, in the mass media....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]
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College Admissions Essay: Man of the Year - Man of the Year "You have just been named the 2015 Man/Woman of the Year. For what achievement are you being honored, and how did your college education help you reach your goal?" A well-dressed sell-out crowd fills the enormous auditorium: an auditorium with gigantic spotlights that rival the energy and luminosity of the sun. My eyes follow the lights to the well-dressed host on the stage as he exclaims: "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2015 Man of the Year Awards!" The audience erupts into an applause that shakes the walls of the building, and I add a few whistles and hollers of my own....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 532 words
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What’s in a Name? - What’s in a Name. My dad has this old Bill Cosby record that he used to listen to in the age of record players (now he's got the very same in CD version). It was a comedy routine in which Cosby describes his childhood. He reminisces in particular about how he could tell when he was in trouble. His father would say something to the effect of "GODDAMIT, GET OVER HERE!", and then Cosby throws out the punch line of the story: Up until he was about ten years old, he thought his name was "GODDAMIT." I never had to be addressed as GODDAMIT to know I was in trouble....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing] 858 words
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Analysis of Television News - Television news stations seem more interested in capturing viewer interest and ratings than reporting the most significant events of the day. It is easy for viewers to forget that networks are in the business of making money first then attempting to keep the public well informed with quality news broadcasting. To gain a broader perspective on current events, people should obtain information from a number of sources, including television, news radio and a respectable newspaper such as The Wall Street Journal or New York Times....   [tags: Media Entertainment Essays] 1681 words
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Generation Stereotypes - Every person belongs to a generation: you associate yourselves with a particular set of people usually based on age such as “Baby Boomers” from 1946 to 1964, “Generation X” from 1965 to 1979, and “Millennials” from 1980 to 2000, (Smola, 364). Parents’ generations differ from their children, and sometimes within their significant other. My parents, separated by two years, are both considered “Baby Boomers”, and my sister and I, also separated by two years are both considered “Millennials”. “Generation X” separates our generations, and as you can assume there are many differences between the two: “Baby Boomers” experienced the immense development of the economy and education (Kupperschmidt, 4...   [tags: Culture ]
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Racism in America - Racism is defined by dictionary.com as '1. A belief or doctrine that inherent differences between the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. 2. a policy, system of government, etc., based on or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. 3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.' The first is most appropriate to use for my purposes, as it most general, and defines what i ill be analyzing....   [tags: racism, prejudice, racial profiling, equal rights]
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Dubois vs. Washington - In the meditation, Du Bois coined the phrase "the immerse decimal" to describe the black underclass, foresee the "talented decimal" extremity he would popularize in 1903 to describe companionship's flower class. It made Pentateuch, maker them and interpreted them; it laid and composed toll, decide and punished crime, support and necessity soldiery force, and dictated such measurement as it contemplation requisite and right for the fulfillment of its varied purpose. She who in unadorned limpidity of vision sees beyond the stars said when he had gone, "He will be prosperous There; he ever loved charming things." And I, far more illiterate, and blind by the web of mine own weave, abide alone wi...   [tags: African American history, black underclass]
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Coca Cola is the Goliath of the Beverage Market - ... Coca Cola’s branding strategy will forever been related with the sense of peace, joy, love and togetherness. Coca Cola Company targets on occasions such which connect people largely by family, happiness, culture, music and sports. Coca Cola uses world renounced heroic figures from Bill Cosby and Paula Abdul to Kobe Bryant to assist in the promotion of their brand in attempt to connect with the consumers. Coca Cola has embedded their brand image with events such as The FIFA World Cup, The Olympics and running minute long commercials during the Super Bowl with an estimated 110 million viewers glued to their televisions....   [tags: consumer, revenue, competition] 540 words
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Cultural Media Watch - Cultural Media Watch A few common assumptions would offer some very general stereotypes which most Americans are probably subjected to each time they tune into their favorite program. The problem with making assumptions based on stereotypes, racism, and bias maybe considered two-fold. Of primary concern should obviously be the narrow-minded and over generalized prejudice which exists in mainstream media culture. Then, of only slightly less distress, would be the willingness of society to accept such demeaning norms....   [tags: essays research papers] 777 words
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richard pryor v. sinbad - A Comparison of: Richard Pryor and Sinbad Question; Is it what you accomplish that makes one great, or how you accomplish it. Richard Pryor and David Adkins or “Sinbad” are two of the most notorious comedians in American culture, but the lives they lived were on extreme ends of the spectrum. They both started out in or were kind of pushed into comedy when their real hopes and dreams fell short. Both of them served their country in the army for two years, and then jumped on the comedy circuit, traveling the country to play small gigs....   [tags: essays research papers] 743 words
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Freedom of the Press - Freedom of the Press Although a cherished right of the people, freedom of the press is different from other liberties of the people in that it is both individual and institutional. It applies not just to a single person's right to publish ideas, but also to the right of print and broadcast media to express political views and to cover and publish news. A free press is, therefore, one of the foundations of a democratic society, and as Walter Lippmann, the 20th-century American columnist, wrote, "A free press is not a privilege, but an organic necessity in a great society." Indeed, as society has grown increasingly complex, people rely more and more on newspapers, radio, and television to kee...   [tags: Freedom Rights Media Governmental Essays] 5635 words
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Black Women on T.V.: Still Stereotyped or Ignored in Their Progression? - Black women in America are unique group of people. Of course no two women are the same and black women in America have not stayed the same. Robin Givhan’s Echoes of T.V.’s First Lady: Michelle Obama’ Last True Cultural Antecedent is “Cosby’s” Clair Huxtable addresses the idea that television has not seen a black women since the great Clair Huxtable that personifies the qualities of Michelle Obama. Maybe TV. has not seen a replica of these two phenomenal women but TV. has seen many other women who maybe even more so represent black women of America today....   [tags: african american females on the tube] 600 words
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How Latin Musicians Have Influenced The Global Sound of Music - Tito Puente, the Jazz musician, composer, arranger and cultural icon, is known, variously as “king of timbales and mambo”, “sultan of salsa”, and most famously as El Ray - the King - of Latin Music. His Latin identity is often emphasized in a way that is somewhat unusual for Jazz musicians. Indeed, Ella Fitzgerald, or more recently, Diana Krall, do not have their cultural backgrounds so heavily stressed. Perhaps the emphasis on culture stems from the fact that Puente is Latin Music’s most prominent Jazz musician....   [tags: Music ]
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The Distasteful Communication of Insulting and Humor in Daily Life - There is no end to the ways that insults and humor are constantly at work in daily life. They are a large part of the fabric that makes up human socialization and communication. When these two effects are mingled, the result can either be very entertaining or very distasteful. This leads one to wonder what elements need to be mixed together to tip the scales in one direction or the other. It is really the combination of delivery, environment, personalities, and audience that make insult humor funny....   [tags: laughable, entertain, comedy] 1282 words
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John Bunyan's Goal to Spread the Word of God - Bunyan All throughout history, the world has seen the affects of great men who have made it their life’s goal to further the word of God. There have been pastors who travel all around their nation preaching at every church they can find. There have been pastors who have had to hold services in secret or else be imprisoned for the rest of their lives. There have been missionaries who have risked their lives to bring the gospel to the most remote places of the world. There have been astounding Christian authors, who have written some of the most compelling books to ever hit the best-seller list....   [tags: preacher, writing, allegories] 1528 words
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A Color Problem in a Post Racial Nation - In addition to what has been mentioned above in this paper, there is another pressing issue that must be addressed with urgency, which is how African Americans impede their own progress in America, starting with the lack of unity between the working-class and the middle-class blacks. When the civil rights movement occurred during in the 1960’s blacks (along with some whites) were united for the cause which made the movement even more potent. Ginwright (2002) finds “that structural change in the economy made it possible for some blacks to take advantage of affirmative action programs in education and employment which was then translated into higher income” (Ginwright, 2002:547)....   [tags: African Americans, Culture, America]
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TV Families and Real Families - As early as 1950, television families have depicted not only the way we live today, but also the way we ought to live (Tueth, 2003). Hence, television has continued to present comedies about family life that ranges from the didactic model of domestic conventionalist and gradually to non-conventionalist ways of life. By conventionalist, I mean the depiction of the “nuclear” family that consists of clear roles, responsibilities, and gentle lines of authority that flow from the wise dad and understanding mom to the obedient children (Kutalas, 2005)....   [tags: Family, television]
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The Incredible Effect Jon Stewart - "Liberal and conservative have lost their meaning in America. I represent the distracted center." proclaimed Jon Stewart (Nordquist 1). The liberal would be the Democrats while the conservative is referring to the Republicans. As the citizens of the United States continue to be frustrated by the government due to the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, the 2008 Recession, and the bipartisan deadlock in Congress, Stewart continues to criticize Democrats/Republicans alike in The Daily Show. To fully comprehend Jon Stewart’s role in the modern political landscape of the United States, one needs about his life, achievements/works, and his impact....   [tags: Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz]
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The Right to Bear Arms - A short documentary film of the Public Broadcasting Service entitled “After Newtown: Gun in America” was aired again on August 13, 2013. It was the eight-month period after the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The tragic incident took the lives of twenty innocent children, and six adults. Even though these children and people were brutally killed in this mass shooting, the government couldn’t still effectively perform the relevant legislation to the gun law....   [tags: gun control, US history]
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Media Influences Everyday Situations - ... It was impossible,” McGhee-Anderson said” (Douglas). Being doubted from the beginning, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson proved that being an African-American women meant nothing when it came to pursuing her dreams. “ “I felt there was no limit that could be placed on my dreams and aspirations,” McGhee-Anderson said.”That’s important for us as African Americans to get the message that we can succeed and we are powerful” (Douglas). Overcoming the negative stereotype placed on her as well as minorities in general outweighs the statements others make. The use and development of minorities in television has increased over the years....   [tags: stereotypes, commercials, minorities] 729 words
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Stereotypes - There are many ways that people are stereotyped in the world today such as being African American (Black), Sexism, and being a homosexual. Stereotypes have gone to the extreme in today’s society and issues must be addressed. Black people are always stereotypes as being from the projects, or being poor and involved with drugs. Not all black people are like that. Just as with every other race that has its downfall of people in poverty so does black people. blacks try to counter the hate and hostility that they encounter with warmth and kindness toward one another such as with Bill Cosby and the Cosby show....   [tags: essays research papers] 1070 words
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TV Content Regulations - Society today tends to fixate on and gravitate to television shows. Certain people even believe some of the families depicted on these shows are what a normal family should be. There are two types of television networks, broadcast and cable. Broadcast television stations are the channels that air for free, while cable you pay a subscription for. While television is a great platform for various issues and ideas, I believe that most broadcast television stations’ depictions do not accurately represent families are or what they go through....   [tags: Television]
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