Television Diversity

As the last blog stated how diversity is a factor in this world in many ways. First blog I related it to track and field, but for this blog I would like to relate it to what is aired on TV.

Typical night you get home from work, you make some diner and then want to relax. Most of that time that includes watching TV. But what all exactly do you see? Depending on the type of cable or dish a person has, there could be a ton of options.

In the past, over 90% of television shows only include white actors, no color actors. As we watch TV today there are more shows that include colored people but still not equal towards white people.  What does this say about our society? That there is diversity. Actors and actresses today are given an opportunity to show their talents and without having to worry about receiving a part in a show based on their culture.

Also, the television networks have different channels based on the different types of people so they can reach the enjoyment to all. Some examples of these are the Hispanic channel, BET, and Freedom are just a few examples. But one surprising factor is that we do not see an Asian American channel so hopefully that change will be made in the future.

Another factor that is included in televisions is stereotypes. Stereotypes are all around in the world but most ones are learned from commercials or shows that are broadcasted on the television. Some examples of these are that black people love fried chicken, this can be portrayed in chicken restaurant commercials or just in a television show. The next stereotype is that Mexicans are always packed together, this is mostly shown in the shows rather than commercials. The last example is that white people are rich and snotty. If you think about any show you have seen, there is always that rich white girl that has her daddy’s money and gets her way with everything.

As you can see, diversity is a factor in television and can affect the society. These are just a few examples of how it affects the television.


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