Stereotypes

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Stereotyping is taking a description of an individual and applying it to a group as a

whole. The media has the power to stereotype and to change the views of its audience. It can

perpetuate a sterotype of a certain group in which it causes an indefinite perspective that the

viewers will remember and apply to real life. Also the media can reflect a given stereotype or

give evidence that one has acted in a given way. The media perpetuates many stereotypes of an

assorted number of groups. To be an Italian, Jock, or Homosexual in this era you have certain

expectations of how you are supposed to act, and look like. The majority of the Italian people

have been forgotten by the media. Italians are recognized in America as greasy-haired,

gangster, maffiosos. The media perpetuated this stereotype through movies such as Goodfellas

and The Godfather. Athletes are known to most as stupid, violent, egotistical people who get

by on their athletic ability alone. The media has drawn this picture using commercials and

isolated incidents. To be a homosexual man in America means to be feminine, permiscious, and

the bearer of the aids virus. This stereotype has been spawned by the media's constant

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