ERIC Number: ED424575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Deconstructing Cultural Stereotypes through Media Critique.
Writing is an effective tool for investigating the problem of ethnic stereotyping, that is, grouping people from diverse cultures into broad unrepresentative categories. A first-year composition class addressed ethnic stereotyping using media critique. Class activities divided the process of deconstructing cultural stereotypes into three steps: identification of stereotypes in the media; critique of the media presentation; and personal reflection. Students investigated their own experiences with ethnic prejudice; viewed and discussed a television clip from "The Simpsons"; and kept journals over a 4-week period of stereotypical images they found in various media. In class, students viewed movies or sitcoms, and compared firsthand knowledge with media representation. Writing assignments asked them to analyze and evaluate (using specific examples) how the ethnic group or culture represented was being portrayed. Responses of some students indicate how the knowledge of media stereotyping changed their beliefs and attitudes and promoted an awareness of and a sensitivity to the detrimental effects of media stereotypes. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (49th, Chicago, IL, April 1-4, 1998).