Archive for the ‘ethnicity’ Category

My Family vs Shameless – Representation of British Family life

January 1, 2008

Popular sitcom ‘My Family’ is representation of family life in Britain – But is it a fair one? It shows a white, middle class family with two parents and three children. Why does this prime time show offer such a traditional view of family? – Does this representation reflect actual experience for many people? – Is it offering an idealised view – does it tie in to deeper cultural beliefs about what family ‘should be?’

C4’s ‘Shameless’ offers a very different view of family life in Britain – Could such a programme be a ‘prime time’ BBC1 show? What sort of messages does it give out about British society and the structure of family in the modern world?


Representation, ethnicity – Gangsta Rap

December 30, 2007

This quote is from Stanley Crouch – an American critic and cultural writer. Crouch feels it is not the mainstream media as explained in the Bowling for Columbine clip, but some young black artists who create the negative representation of the black American male.

“none of the people who are so disturbed by these negative images of young black people complain about them in the venue where they are most common: not in television news, but in black pop music videos. Andy Razaf, the great lyricist and partner of Fats Waller, could be talking about MTV, VH1, BET and the lowest of rap when he wrote in 1939, “The Negro race offers a gold mine of humorous, dramatic, and romantic material, having its share of heroes, adventurers, pioneers, martyrs, scientists, inventors, scholars, athletes, and artists in American and world history. Yet writers and producers continue to portray us as a race of clowns, flunkies, cowards, and degenerates.”

What better way to describe the rap world’s monkey-moving, gold-chain wearing, illiteracy-spouting, penis-pulling, sullen, combative buffoons and their promoters of freelance prostitution, like Lil’ Kim?

But the anti-negative-image lobby invariably punks out when it comes to addressing its gangster brothers and sisters, who are supposed to be “keepin’ it real.” To me, however, the images in the mainstream media are more real than the misogynistic nihilism and hardcore whorishness of rap video”. (source:

So, who is right? – Could both viewpoints be true?

Does the media actually report the news?

December 30, 2007

This thought provoking short film focusses on the role of the media as instigator of a climate of fear. It looks at the choice of news items and makes a simple point about the agenda of the news. Why not count how many stories on the national news are about ‘muslims,’ ‘islam’ and ‘terror threats’ in comparison to those about the dangers of driving. Look at the statistics at the end of this clip and consider for yourself which is the biggest threat to YOUR life – cars or islamic terrorists? – Which is more newsworthy? – Why?

Bend it like Beckham – BBC documentary

December 30, 2007

4 parts of a BBC documentory on the making of ‘Bend it like Beckham’


In defense of ‘political correctness’

December 30, 2007

We are often told that political correctness is a problem of modern life – Is it really such a problem or is it actually much more preferable than the racism, sexism and homophobia it sought to stamp out. Comedian

Stewart Lee gives his view on a Radio 4 panel game! *WARNING – THE CLIP CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE*

Stereotyping in the media – BBC discussion

December 30, 2007

An excellent BBC report on stereotyping in the media  – Has political correctness ‘gone mad’ or has the media got a role to play in preventing racism in everyday life? Little Britain and Borat are among the topics for discussion.

Bowling for Columbine clip

December 30, 2007

Clip from Michael Moore’s influential documentary that focusses on the subconcious influence of the American media on how audiences percieve black males.

(*You can see the whole of the film on youtube – recommended viewing*)

Compare and contrast

The view outlined by Mike Moore in this clip with those of Stanley Crouch in this post 

Big Brother Race Row

December 30, 2007

BBC news article on BBC race row.