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US TV Show Diversity Review

Prepare a response reviewing a current newspaper article, magazine article, television show, or motion picture that discusses or illustrates the portrayal of diversity in the media.In this assignment, address the following questions in relation to the selected article, motion picture, or television show:

o Did the article, television show, or motion picture attempt to address the diversity represented in the American landscape?
o To what extent do the media rely on stereotypes when depicting a certain group?
o Assess whether or not you believe the selected article, television show, or motion picture fostered a better understanding of diversity and multiculturalism. Justify your answer.

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Dear Student,
Hello and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. When prompted by students asking for direction and assistance in reviewing a particular television show, I always point to popular TV shows currently being shown because they are always working towards intertextuality - the adaption of current ideas, concepts and trends in the social landscape so as to allow viewers to relate. This review is about the WB light adventure comedy TV Show "Chuck" and I am sure that this TV Show will be familiar to you. If you have any questions in relation to the solution below, please feel free to leave it via the feedback section. Also, ensure that you use this solution according to the rules of fair use; using it as your guide in putting together your own version and take on a particular popular media in relation to diversity. Good luck.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Media Reaction: Reviewing Popular TV

Current television shows are always intertextual in nature, or at least try to provide references from popular trends in the American or global cultural fabric to entertain as well as to allow people to relate from personal issues, professional challenges and social situations, realities and conflicts depicted on the small screen. Television shows that are fictional require all the elements of entertainment and relatability for it to be successful at the demographics they chose to target for TV viewership is about competition. And, in a multicultural America, a TV show has to have broad appeal and yet represent certain cultural elements. Chuck is a continuing light action-comedy by Josh Schwartz & Chris Fedak for WB Television (24 Sept., 2007-present). The series is about Chuck Bartowski, played ably by Zachary Levi, your average College dropout computer whiz next door who receives an old encoded email from his college buddy and, by the whiz of technology, embeds into Chuck's brains 'the intersect' - top secret information encoded in images about the world's foremost spy and information-intelligence secret. Chuck then becomes an asset as he becomes the computer intersect of the CIA and the DOD, able to identify and analyse intelligence for their purposes. To keep him a secret, the CIA installed protection and guardians for him, he gets to continue his work at the Buy More, a technology retail warehouse where he leads the 'nerd herd' - computer experts in hardware and software to clients with the simplest problems (i.e.' my computer is flashing green', 'the cup holder is inside the computer', etc.). Chuck does not want the intersect but there is no technology to get it out of him so he lives a double life - as the intersect and as the nerd herd lead. He lives with his loving sister, herself a doctor. She is the parental and family figure in his life, constantly worried about his welfare. At ...

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The solution is a 1,707-word essay that reviews a popular American TV Show in relation to its portrayal of diversity within it's storyline and presentation. Characters and familiar storylines are reviewed to see if they represent the cultural diversoty of the American landscape, it's use of stereotypes, and the way the TV show fostered or relayed American multiculturalism. References are listed following the APA format. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.