Web Exercises

Web exercises direct both instructors and students to useful and current web sites, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics.

  • Visit the entertainment website for your favorite TV network, or one that you watch a lot, such as http://abc.go.com/http://www.bravotv.com/http://www.cwtv.com/. Browse around the different shows that are on that network and take note of the types of people and lifestyles which seem to be represented most often. What social class is most often represented in different shows? What professions do characters have? Having read Chapter 6, how do your observations match up with what you have just read? Why does the entertainment media industry so often portray affluent lifestyles rather than poor or working class experiences? Think in terms of ideology and in terms of the economic pressures of the media business.