Articles tagged with: week 5

Is This What You Mean by Color TV?

on Monday, 02 May 2011. Posted in Student Notes


Julia was introduced during the late 1960s and was the first “black” television show since Amos n’ Andy and Beulah went off television in the 1950s. Julia was produced and written by Hal Kanter and starred Diahann Carroll as Julia. The show was quite controversial during its time for Julia portrayed a successful middle-class black family during the same time as Martin Luther King’s death, violent riots, and Black Panther fights with the police. For African Americans during the 1960s, this show did not align with their lives. African American viewers rather felt as though the show portrayed “colorblindness” because reality and the news were showing events drastically different than those on the show (144). According to Kanter, the “encoding” and message that the producers struggled to create was “images of African-Americans in the context of the civil rights movement” (145). Amongst this anxiety of how to portray African Americans however, was the lack of appropriate representation of women (146). Bodroghkozy discusses four different view points and “decoding” of the show and the separate meaning through letters that were sent to Kanter by Julia’s viewers. The letters include viewpoints of white women who liked the show, white women who did not like the show, black women who liked the show and black women who did not like the show.

Looking for Latino Regulars on Prime Time Television

on Monday, 02 May 2011. Posted in Student Notes



Alison Hoffman and Chon Noriega study the presence of Latino regular characters on prime time television by focusing how a network promotes and markets non-white leading characters on their shows and on other media such as the shows websites. Hoffman and Noriega find that Latino regular characters are generally non-existent throughout various genres of television, which notably is dominated by white regular characters and white-themed shows. In addition, Hoffman and Noriega notice that the location and setting of shows from six different networks, and the presence of multi-ethnic characters on the shows are not proportionate to the location’s actual demographics of multi-ethnic people.

Restrictive Portrayals of Asians in the Media and how to balance them

on Monday, 02 May 2011. Posted in Student Notes


· This article is written by The Media Action Network For Asian Americans, addressed to directors and producers that are working in the industry in hopes to help Hollywood prosper by embracing a more inclusive vision of the human community.

· In the American dictionary stereotype is defined as, “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.”

· Is it a good idea to generalize everyone and put them in categorize, or is it bad? If it is bad, then how can we avoid them?

· This article talks about some of the stereotypes that exist in the media about Asian Americans. “For decades, American entertainment media have defined the Asian image to all the world. And usually, that image has been shaped by people with little understanding of Asian people themselves. But Hollywood typically restricts its portrayals of Asians to a limited range of clichéd stock characters. And this has affected how Asian Americans are perceived and treated in the broader society.”“This list is not intended as a bunch of "thou shalt nots" designed to inhibit the creative imagination. To the contrary, it is designed to encourage Hollywood's creative minds to think in new directions--to help our storytellers create more interesting roles for actors by avoiding old, stale images. It proposes to open up powerful and profitable story ideas previously overlooked.”