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Television Essay, Research Paper Television In our society, we like to think of the television as nothing more of a form of entertainment. But do we really believe that? Maybe when television was first introduced, that is all that it was. That certainly is not the case today. It tells us what to buy, what to wear, how to act, even how to think. In other words, people are relying too much on television as a source of information. There are very few television stations that are black oriented. This hurts blacks because it causes them to lose race pride and to conform. More and more, they lose their pride and start taking in more information that whites provide to them. On television, there are white women with straight, blond hair, tiny noses, and a skinny figure. This is the

?worst sort of Americanism?(Early, 225). When a black woman straightens her hair, this is because she thinks that she will look better if she does this. But who tells her this? The commercials on television that now have black women who do not look so black anymore. This connects to one of the essays that I read by stating, ?when offered a choice between a black doll and a white doll, little black girls invariably chose the white doll because they thought it ?prettier? ?(Early, 226). This causes psychological damage to black girls because they will never think they are pretty enough until they are white. Toni Morrison writes, ?Adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window signs—-all the world had agreed that a blue eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what

every girl treasured.? (Early, 225) They took this information in from things just like television, which are all run by whites in a white world. Television is starting to get better for blacks in some ways, but also even worse. There are stations that are not trying to unite the blacks and move ahead. Black Entertainment Television is a very good example of trying to unite the black community. Just look at the title of the station. If you are black, you are much more likely to tune into B.E.T. than if you were any other race. So this station knows what their following is, and through shows on their station and commercials, they try to get blacks to think the way the station wants them to think. For example, I saw a commercial on B.E.T. about the presidential election, but

instead of including both the democratic symbol (donkey) and the republican symbol (elephant), they only included the donkey. This is telling the viewers that the only choice for blacks is democrats; the republicans have nothing to offer them. This is good because it helps the blacks to unite and all make the same choice, but it bothers me more because I feel that blacks should explore the issues and make a choice for themselves, not just listen to what the television is telling them. This hurts blacks because it has them not thinking for themselves. Paige is someone who I had known for a long time. She lived across the street from me ever since I was five and we have stayed close friends the whole time. I always thought that she was very pretty, but she thought otherwise. She

felt that her nose was too long, and it made her look ugly. I could understand why she thought this because all you ever see on commercials and fashion shows is beautiful women with tiny little noses and they were considered beautiful. She did not look at anything other than those models on TV as being pretty. She felt she would never find the right guy for her because her nose would turn them off. I know this sounds ridiculous, but she really believed it, and nothing would change her thinking unless she had a nose job. In Jaclyn Geller?s essay, ?The Celebrity Bride as Culture Icon? she stresses the fact that sexuality is playing too important of a role in love. One line is, ?Her attire is that of a contemporary bride envisioned as a dependent, sexual toy.?(Geller, 280) Paige did