quote:Originally posted by Kweli4Real:quote:Originally posted by nuggyt:
The media has little effect on black men. Black men have a greater effect on the media.
That's crazy. Are you suggesting that "art imitating life" argument that says that the media, e.g., the music industry, movies, TV, is merely protraying what is going on in the larger society?
If anything, in my view, the media is telling people, particularly males, how they should be acting to get money, get the girl, etc.
Not only that but official studies have been done which conclude that the media shows more negative images of black people than positive and that it has a traceable psychological effect on white viewers from an early age. It helps program white people and non-black people, especially white and non-black people with limited contact with black people, that black people are violent, lazy, criminal thugs and unintelligent.
I'd argue the media affects Black men both directly and indirectly in how it affects how other people view and treat Black men.