In this assignment, you will argue a pro or con position involving minorities, women, or LGBTQ individuals given an audience with opposing views. Presenting stereotypes of minorities/women/LGBTQ individuals affects viewers’ conceptions of different groups. How do such skewed views affect real-life interactions with members of minority groups? Is there a difference among such genres as comedies, dramas, police procedurals, children’s shows, cartoons, and reality shows, in how marginalized people are portrayed? Can you cite any examples from your own experiences?

The media should be trusted to provide the means to change people’s perceptions of minorities. Argue for or against this statement.


Your paper must outline specifically the nature of the problem and demonstrate critical thinking, sound logic, valid claims, personal passion, and credible support that is cited correctly.  Write a three-page paper in which you:

  1. In the introduction, include a quote, question or statistic from your text and an overview of the three major points you will cover.
  2. Introduce your position with a thesis statement at the end of the first paragraph.
  3. Provide three major points to support your thesis statement (put each major point in a separate paragraph).
  4. Answer each of the sub-questions in at least one paragraph each.
  5. Wrap up your assignment with a strong conclusion in which you restate the points you made and supported.
  6. Organize arguments and support your claims effectively.
  7. Demonstrate a personal passion for your position and critical thinking with persuasive language, sound logic, valid claims, and credible support for the claims.
  8. Provide three credible and reliable sources (in addition to the textbook) about current events, which have been published in the last five years and are cited correctly in the position paper.

Assignment 1: Social and Cultural Norms


Alexis Gray

SOC105: Society and the Media


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Mass Media should not be trusted for people’s perceptions of minorities or family values. We have seen

time and time again, how the Media uses and lies about the things going on in the world. We see on

television shows how they skew things about minorities and tweak them to fit their agenda. Having one

view of the way things should be or should look like is okay. The media’s job however is to show

everybody equally and yet “as different as possible”. However, in Taking Sides in the Media and Social

Issues it said “This form was naturalized as universal but was never the reality for a majority of people,

even though it was upheld as a dominant cultural ideal. Diverse arrangements have appeared since the

1960s and 1970s, constituting what the historian Edward Shorter termed “the postmodern family.”

People have always been confused about the appearance of the family.

What are family values? Family values, sometimes referred to as familial values, are traditional or

cultural values that pertain to the family’s structure, function, roles, beliefs, attitudes, and ideals. They

are a system in which the mother and father set up daily functions. Family values involve all the ideas of

how you want to live your family life, and they are often passed down from previous generations. It

keeps and sustains traditional behavior to be carried over and re-lived through another family member.

Parents have the right and the duty to teach and provide certain knowledge to their children and to be

the role models of the head of the family and household. A lot of children lack said knowledge because

of the different ways some of them grew up. Some kids might not have had a loving, compassionate

parent or a parent that studied and helped with classwork. Having home-cooked meals and dinner table

time when the clock hits 6 p.m. is a strong moment for families.

The majority of families and their upheld values have caused the direction of their children’s lives and

how they operate and take it into reality and other places in their lives. While mass media will try and

project different thoughts or thinking in the way a family should operate or work when it comes to

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everyday battles, families have the foundation to do what is best for them and theirs. Mass media can

only have an effect if you let it.

In conclusion, mass media can and will portray a different way of seeing things. In all efforts that is okay.

We can learn to have an open mind when it comes to judging others and learn a lot of things from

media. It gives people a lot of awareness as to concerns and and views. We can raise our children and

have a say in what we choose to do and believe.

1. Alexander. 2019. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Media and Society. 15th edition.

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Assignment 1: Position Paper One – Social and Cultural Norms


Student Name

SOC105: Society and the Media

Professor Doar-Sinkfield


Disclaimer: This is a sample. Use this as an example and create your own essay.



Mass media is not the primary decision-maker of family values. Americans have

traditional values that are not influenced by mass media given that agenda-setting theory states

media does not tell us to do, however as stated in the Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Media

and Society textbook, “the “agenda setting theory” of communication, which posits that media

do not tell us what to think, but rather, tell us what to think about, to studies of para-social

interactions (the relationship we form with people whom we see in media), and ideas of

resonance, which describes how we relate to the images we see in media.” (Alexander 3) This

premise allows families to differentiate between what is real and what is false on mass media,

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In conclusion, mass media plays an important role in society as it pertains to information

and awareness; however, it does not take the place of productive education from a teacher,

educator, or parent. In theory, agenda setting directs attention to issues of concern, but that is not

the solution, individuals must take the information received to review and disseminate wisely not

only to children but to those in the community in which they serve and live. Reality shows do

show the condition of American life, but it is not typical of American family values.


Source Page

1. Alexander. 2019. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Media and Society. 15th edition.

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