ERIC Number: ED252611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Mass Media Effects and Black Americans.
Stroman, Carolyn A.
Urban Research Review, v9 n4 p1-8 1984
Black Americans' use of and belief in the credibility of the mass media is no less extensive than that of the general population. In fact, television and radio use by blacks exceeds that of whites and research shows the broadcast media to be particularly important sources of information for blacks on consumer and political affairs. But many writers feel that blacks, often either ignored altogether or portrayed negatively, are damaged by their treatment in the media and as viewers, readers, and listeners may learn negative self-concepts. They see this as being particularly true for black children--the nonpresentation of blacks, many say, is destructive to black children's self-concept because it denies the importance of their existence. Research on black children reveals that they are especially susceptible to the effects of television: they watch more of it, are more likely to believe in the "reality" of television, and are more likely than other children to say that they identify with and imitate television characters. Television has the potential to play a major role in their socialization. But presently the media must be criticized for their failure to affect the lives of blacks by continuously reporting on issues germane to the survival of blacks. A list of 45 citations referenced in the text of the article is attached, along with a bibliography of 122 items entitled "Blacks and the Mass Media: A Selected Bibliography," by Betty M. Culpepper. (KH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Programs.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Urban Affairs and Research.