Has TV as a medium alone changed public opinion?


The response rationale is to persuade the audience that the perspectives and stereotypes portrayed on TV influence the way people think, not only through the content on television but through the medium of television itself as well as the contributions from writers, producers and actors.  I intend to do this through expanding upon thoughts in the BUZZFEED article.  The nature of the written task chosen is a blog post responding to an article that argues the content on television can lead to changes in public opinion. I chose to use a blog format because it catches the readers’ attention while getting the point across to audiences who largely get information online and via postings.  The blog format is aimed at a similar audience as that in the BUZZFEED article and the modern communication mechanism will hopefully attract a broad readership. The intended audience is American TV viewers who are interested in the way TV shows are changing public opinion.  The purpose of the response is to acknowledge progress in diversity on television while also arguing to continue reduction of stereotyping of particular populations that are newer and less known to the American public. The response is set in modern times and the cultural and social context is for many TV viewers who specifically watch American TV shows and have a wide range of knowledge of television stories.  I chose to emulate the short and concise paragraphs that provide newsworthiness and appeal. This method of writing relates to the aims of the task because it emulates the type of text of the initial argument.



Since being introduced to Americans, television has influenced public perception. For decades the majority of shows have represented the white, often male, population. The singular focus on a particular population has been a constant until the past few years, when television became more representative of the mix of characters who make up the United States now.  The racial diversity in television roles has allowed more people to relate to televised stories.  The increase in Black, Asian, and Latin leads indicates progress.  Television has also become more interesting to a broader audience because it connects more easily to the experiences on the screen. However, while the faces and characters on television reflect progress, static stereotyping still exists. The representation of Middle Eastern characters is the latest example. Hopefully, the trend to utilize television to influence public perception by developing characters beyond stereotypes will help overcome this barrier.  The medium of television and the people who write and produce shows that are more representative of the total population are gradually changing public opinion.  However, which came first, the medium or the content?

Kate Aurthur’s BUZZFEED article, how The “Scandal” Effect Has Changed Television, argues that show content alone has changed television.  She calls this “The Scandal Effect.”  Aurthur discusses how television has been changed through the actors’ representations of different characters, but also how the writers, producers, and actors had to work together to bring us the racially diverse television shows of today, but that the influence is purely in the story. Aurthur’s article is an analysis of how the story has influenced the shows and public perception of diversity. Shonda Rhimes, a black producer and writer who created Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, among others, which have included racially diverse actors in lead roles, is influencing how the general population perceive Blacks, Asians and Latinos beyond the stereotypical waiter, maid and bell boy roles.  Individuals of mixed race likely find that increased racial and cultural diversity on television allows for more enjoyment.   Fresh Off the Boat is about a Taiwanese couple who raise their children in America and highlights the perception of America from the view of the parents as immigrants and those of their boys.  It is likely that many people in the United States will relate to the show because of the number of first generation immigrants raising families.

Fresh Off the Boat (2015-present)

While there has been progress in more balanced representation through entertainment for several minorities in the United States, traditional stereotyping remains.  Although more people now understand that not every Black person is a doorman or a bellboy, the risk is that the population thinks every Middle Easterner is a terrorist because of television portrayals.  Since the beginning of television, dramas and comedies have perpetuated stereotypes that presented non-White Anglo Saxon Protestant (WASP) characters poorly, similarly to how Middle Easterners are portrayed negatively today on American television.  For example, in Hawaii Five 0, the contemporary remake of the original show, there is an episode where an Arabic man is being accused of being a terrorist.  The show portrays the man as only a terrorist and nothing else, continuing a wrong and hurtful stereotype of Arabic men.  These stereotypes may not have been necessarily created by television, but are reinforced by many television shows.  In this case, the events in the United States in the recent past have contributed to how Middle Eastern characters are portrayed on television, which can be argued to support the argument that the content came before the medium. Alternatively, a more holistic view can be taken.

Hawaii Five 0 (2010-present) (Remake)

The ultimate product produced based upon writers’ content and the actors’ portrayals has the power to manipulate reality, but also the power to change opinion. Although television shows still misrepresent many people’s realities, the curtain has been raised for non-WASP actors to be portrayed as individual human beings with complex, and often funny, lives.  PJ Sidney, an African American who acted from the 1930s to the early 1990s, fought for improved roles for Black actors in television and movies.  He wanted to bring awareness of the racial prejudice against Black actors in the television and movie industries.  If he were alive today, PJ Sidney would likely appreciate the more complex and leading roles in television for Black actors, and would fight for continued growth for those races and cultures not being fairly represented through the medium of television.  From this perspective, it is arguable that while the content drives public perception, the medium of television first provided the opportunity to change perspectives, and that writers and producers have taken advantage of this to influence public opinion. It continues to be important to encourage writers, producers, and actors to tell a story and show it on television to allow for diversity and public opinion.

The Scandal Effect has influenced the representation of diverse races and cultures on television and has reinforced the idea that stereotypes are valid only to a degree. Although there are some races and cultures that are still portrayed negatively on television, the progress to date will hopefully influence the writing, production and decisions regarding which shows are brought to television.  The medium of television itself has provided the avenue for stereotypes to be both perpetuated and corrected; in some cases to perpetuate negative perceptions and in other cases to shape a new view of society that includes all different kinds of people who live in the United States.  So, to answer the question, “Which was first in changing the public perception of race through entertainment?” both the medium and the content have contributed to the transformation. It is not sufficient to only identify content as the driver of change, but rather to acknowledge the reality that major societal changes are not influenced by one factor alone, but by a combination of factors. The writers, producers and actors, along with the medium of television and the story contents coalesce into a powerful driver of social progress.


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Nussbaum, Emily. “One Man’s Crusade to Integrate TV.” The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2015. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.




Are women starting to run the world

Do Girl’s Running the world or are they sharing it?

Gen Kaneko



The Music video of Beyonce Knowles song “Run the world (Girls)” has created a controversial topic talked about by Feminists.  The video has been talked about negatively and how the video does not portray or show the right way women or girls should act or be treated.  The song is about girls running the world, and that it is not just men who can be successful and powerful.  Many Bloggers have said that the video should not be taken seriously and yet they take the video too literally, and get offended by a video that should not be looked at as deeply as these bloggers have.  I think that Beyonce is trying to empower the younger generation of girls who do not necessarily see the negative aspects of the song to believe in themselves.  Beyonce uses positive lyrics as well as images to empower girls to not be afraid of men or feel lesser than men.

Beyonce has lyrics in her song that encourage girls and to tell girls that they can accomplish whatever men can do.  For example, “Have me raise a glass for the college grads”, is promoting people going to school.  The song is encouraging girls to think about college which is mainly a positive thing because college helps everybody have a better or more satisfying life.  I cannot guarantee that college is necessary for a good life, but it can open up many opportunities you may not have thought of.

Another aspect of Beyonce’s music video is the part shown below.

This part of the video I think shows that women are just as good as men and sometimes even better in certain aspects. Beyonce is trying to show that women can stick up to men and should not be afraid of them.  Men are not controlling the universe, they are not the center of everything, and they sure as hell not better at everything than women.  The video is just trying to show girls that they should not be afraid of men and are just as good as them.  When stuff like this gets taken way too seriously thats when all the negative views of feminism, or negative views on women are noticed.  The world needs to understand that the majority of women just want equality they are not saying they are absolutely better then men or that men should be kicked to the dirt but just to be treated the same.


Below are some statistics that can show that men and women are better and some things and not as good at others.

To go back to some of the song lyrics, Beyonce uses two other lines of lyrics that I thought give an image of a women being able to do things just as good as men or even better.  “How we’re smart enough to make these millions” and “Strong enough to bare the children” are the two lines of lyric that should be appreciated more than to be seen as insulting to women.  I think that the amount of strength and determination to have a baby is very important and that women are not appreciated for it enough.  If men had to do that in today’s society half would probably be too scared or not even strong enough to take the pain.  The first line about being smart enough to make millions is a little controversial because people do not necessarily have to be smart to make money and smart people do not necessarily have to make money to show they are smart.  But, the lyrics show that women can do it just as well as men can and that a young girl should not be discouraged.

Finally, I believe that our world is changing and is creating a generation of wide acceptance as well as equality.  There will always be prejudice towards females, but you cannot stop that.  The song gives encouragement to not just girls but boys as well because boys can collaborate with girls and work together.  Men and women or girls and boys as a team are  a good team because they each have advantages and disadvantages that can be balanced because they are working as a team not by themselves.  Look at it this way Rosa Parks moved just as many people as Malcom X did during the civil rights movement, and they did it in their own ways.  Beyonce I do not believe is trying to drive separation between genders, and the song should really not be taken as seriously as has been, just appreciate that someone is trying to make a difference for the better.

Thursday June 4 2015 Media Fare

The media fair in english class on Thursday June 4, 2015 was a poster fair where all the grade 10 students showed their topics through different types of media through their poster.  The fair had many different controversial topics that had positive and negative sides to them.  The purpose of the media fair was to learn how to analyze and show different types of media for a certain topic.  Most of the topics were controversial so that the student could show the negative and positive sides.

Micky created a poster about skateboarding and the negative and positive portrayals of the sport.  Mickey used five different types media for his topic and most of them were visual types of media.  Mickey used a wide range of positive and negative aspects of the media that were very interesting.  My favorite media representation of the topic was the video that shows the the sport in a positive view.  The video shows us the viewer that skateboarding is not about all the bad things around it but the pure joy and gratitude it brings to the rider.



TV show


video game




Julius did a poster on propaganda in general and the aspects of the topic that bring positive and negative situations.  Propaganda has been part of the human race for a long time and is mainly used now for political support.  Most of the media representations were negative toward the idea of propaganda.  The media that moved me the most was the pictures definitely because it shows the ideas that are being proposed and the viewer decides if the propaganda is negative or positive.

Media Types:



political cartoon



book extract


Emily’s poster was about the media representation of body image and how our society has focused on a slim body through the pressing idea of body image.  Emily’s poster focused on the negative and positive portrayals of body image in our society today.  The most interesting media that Emily had on her poster was the song that most people have heard by Meghan Trainor about a female body.  The song’s message is to tell people that your body is perfect no matter what and that you should not be ashamed about your body.

Media types:


Body image







Rishi did a poster on conspiracy theories mainly on Illuminati and I found the poster very interesting.  The poster had four media types and the ideas of the illuminati.  Most people know about the illuminati and the stupid idea that it controls the world.  The most interesting media was the video because I found them quite funny.  The videos are here.


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Music Grade 10 individual piece

My Individual peace is Russian Folk Song by Beethoven

My individual piece is a simple one, but I have only been playing for three months.  The individual piece has been difficult for me because I have trouble playing with both my left and right hand.  This piece is pretty short and quick.



This is the link to my individual peace log and reflection

Grade ten PE dance unit personal reflection

In PE class we were doing a movement composition unit on dance.  The unit was not one of my strong suits, but it reached many skills that are used outside of dancing and teaching.  The unit was enjoyable to do and I had a lot of fun during the individual lessons by groups or one person.  The unit added variety and it helped me with my dancing skills.


      1. Was your planning effective?  How do you know?  What makes you say that?
        1. My planning was organised and to the point but when it came to the lesson I had to make some improvisations throughout the lesson.  My plan was a little long and did not take into account the pace at which people learn.  My plan was long but it was good that it was long if it were to short my lesson would have been boring and the students would not like the lesson.
      2. What was your strongest teaching component?  Why?
        1. My strongest teaching component was communication because all the students participated and listened to what I had to say.  I got straight into the lesson and clearly communicated what we had to do and how we would do it.
      3. What was your weakest teaching component? Why?
        1. My weakest teaching point was showing the students how to do the dance.  I myself and not the best dancer so I struggled with showing the students the moves correctly every angle time.
      4. What challenges did you face?
        1. The biggest challenge that I faced was having to cut out some parts of my lesson to make it more enjoyable for the students as well as on time.  I had to improvise when the time it took for the students to learn the dance was a little bit longer than I had expected.
      5. What strategies might you use again or do differently for teaching your dance?
        1. The biggest strategy that I would 100% use again would be the improvisations I had to make to fulfil the needs of the students.
      6. What was your happiest part?
        1. The happiest part was the end when I saw each person do the dance, although there was some confusion everybody did the moves I had asked them to do and it was great.
      7. Did everything go according to plan?  Why or why not?
        1. The lesson did not go according to the plan, but I think it went better than what the plan would have created.  The lesson was smoother and had a flow like feel when we switched from parts of the lesson to different parts.

Provide comments to at least 2 of your peers about their Dance planning and/or evaluation by finding their blog post and adding some constructive feedback.  (not your partner if you worked in a group of 2)

Individual Peace Music G10 process journal

My piece is Russian Folksong by Beethoven.





My goal for my individual peace is to learn the first four measures and play smoothly with both hands.  I plan on achieving my goal by practicing at least 5 min everyday to get used to the piano as I never played the piano before I started music.  I want to find other exercises I can do to improve my skills. I also need to learn how to play the song like it is supposed to be played by Beethoven.

Ways to improve playing with both hands:

  • playing the c major scale with both hands
  • slowly playing the first four measures with both hands
  • listening to the music being played will help as well so I can get a better understanding of the song