ERIC Number: ED166336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Window Dressing on the Set: An Update.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Analyzed in this report are the portrayals of minorities and women in television drama from 1975-1977 and the representation of minorities and women in the network news of 1977. Also analyzed are 1977 employment patterns at local and network television stations and television's effects on viewers and the first amendment. Data presented show that race and sex stereotyping in television drama continues. Taken into consideration are the age and occupational status of characters and their differentiation by race and sex. Representation of minorities and women in the network news is described as being more encouraging. Findings regarding the employment status of minorities and women at television stations indicate that, despite increases in the numbers of minority and female employees at television stations, they are almost completely absent from decision-making positions. Suggestions are made for an effective affirmative action plan in television employment. The investigation of the effects of television on children center around their perceptions of and knowledge about minorities and about sex and occupational roles as they are influenced by television portrayals of minorities and women, the influence of advertising, and the effects of television violence on their behavior. Recommendations for dealing with the findings of these analyses are made and statistical data collected for the study are appended. (EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document see ED 144 115 ; Not available in hard copy due to small print