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Movies are a cultural tool.
Movies are a way to present culture to the world. They’re also an opportunity for people unfamiliar with that culture to see it from another perspective, even if it’s just in their mind or onscreen. When you see a movie about someone else’s way of life, you experience what that person thinks and feels without preconceived notions about them or their own experience.
Movies can be used as an educational tool by showing people how other cultures function in different ways than ours (for example: how they eat, how they dress, etc.). They can also show us why those differences exist (for example: why we shouldn’t eat animals). This helps us understand why people live differently around us so we won’t judge them based on what we think would be “normal” behavior for our group.”
The dominant group dictates how their culture is portrayed in pop culture.
Pop culture is a way for dominant ethnic groups to present themselves to the world. It’s a way for them to present themselves in a friendly tone because they don’t want people from other cultures to think they are nasty or uncultured. This can be seen through the portrayal of white characters in movies and TV shows, where they are portrayed as heroes and good people who save others from danger or defeat evil villains. However, if we look at what pop culture represents about minorities in America today, we see very different things happening than the above paragraphs describe:
Books are another cultural tool through which dominant ethnic groups can be presented to the world.
Books are another cultural tool through which dominant ethnic groups can be presented to the world. Books can be used to give a dominant group a positive light, or they can be used to deliver them negatively. For example, suppose you’re studying Native Americans and want your students’ imaginations fired up about life in pre-colonial America. In that case, it might be helpful to let them know about the outstanding achievements of American Indians—their culture and history are full of fascinating stories! However, if your goal is for students who have never heard anything about Native Americans before this class period (or even their own families), then maybe some negative stereotypes won’t help them see things from within those groups’ perspectives either.
Pop culture is a way for dominant ethnic groups to present themselves to the world; in these ways.
Pop culture is a way for dominant ethnic groups to present themselves to the world in these ways:
How does pop culture affect marginalized ethnic groups***Outline of the post:
Section: movies are a cultural tool.
Section: the marginalized group dictates how their culture is portrayed in pop culture.
Takeaway: pop culture is a way for marginal ethnic groups to present themselves to the world in these ways.
In a friendly tone
The dominant ethnic group controls what is considered famous and vital. Pop culture reflects what they want us to believe as reality, which often it is not. The media is under the control of corporations beholden to advertisers, meaning that what we see on TV or in movies are mostly advertisements for products like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. This means we mimic this behavior by spending more money on the latest product releases than on real-life situations and tryouts with alternative energy sources or other sustainable options. This advertising can be highly racist towards minority groups and promote unhealthy lifestyles (e.g., fast food). Also, because most companies now have large budgets for marketing research, they can further shape how various ethnic groups will view themselves through tv shows and movies. For example, if you look at all the recent films about race relations (particularly “Hollywood” films), there has been a significant focus on white characters but few minority characters. As an example, even though “Remember The Titans” was produced in 2000, there was still no African American male (or female) character amongst the main cast of players (although there were several minor female characters). This was despite the film being set during the 1960s when racial integration of schools was happening at high speed across America (my father took me to school with him every day when he moved from Louisiana). There have also been several films made recently focusing on civil rights stories involving black people or white people fighting/arguing with each other, but no.