Sample Research Paper on Should Affirmative Action Be Extended to the Television Industry?

Current studies have depicted the diversities embraced in the TV industry. Researches carried out in several universities where a huge number of characters were analyzed behind the scenes, has portrayed indifferences in representations of race, gender, sexual status and ethnicity. For instance, taking the Hollywood industry into consideration, diversities have posed several problems and at the same time illustrating the inclusion crisis within the same industry. A certain study entitled “the inclusion or invisibility” carried out by Stacy L. Smith, who is the founding director of the Media called Diversity and Social Change Initiative, illustrated several findings in that subject of discussion. From this study, 33.5 percent of the speaking characters were females despite their high population which is more than half the entire American population.28.3 percent of all the characters with dialogue, which represented the non-White ethnic groups despite the fact that these groups occupy over 40 percent of United States population (Brooks and Hébert 34).From this study, the television industry has been performing much better. The question of whether affirmative action should be extended to the TV industry is therefore imperative since inequality is still a burning issue in America.

Several research methods have been employed in the research process with aims of obtaining a concrete data that can be relied upon. These methods included the making of observations and conducting several interviews among the involved individuals of various media houses and also from different offices of many social workers in the region under study. Several observations were made from the visits made to the media houses. These methods generated a recorded data that was analyzed by the experts to yield appropriate results that can be the basis of the argumentative question of this essay. (Brooks 23)

The entire research process provided information that clearly demonstrated how inequality has been exercised in these industries and to what extent. For instance, it was crystal clear that from the numbers of women represented in these industries, the skin color of the individuals and the physical challenges that the nation experiences portrayed a significant aspect of racism in America. For example, despite the many different positions like those of producers, screenwriters and the quest, included in this industry, majority of individuals occupying these positions are of the male gender across the entire TV industry. At the same time, people of color are poorly represented in various positions since most of them are occupied by Whites. Observations made and the interviews carried out also depicted those individuals with disabilities being poorly represented in this industry. From all these observations and interviews, only one conclusion can be made, that the whites have dominated in almost all the positions in these industries. When the TV industry is considered, majority of the actors in the programs and the comedies are the white while the minority groups are the color people thus depicting disparities. (Cuklanz 52)

Ethnicity has been seen at high levels being embraced by the TV industry through the entire nation due to unequal representation of various individuals in the subgroups. This therefore indicates the different perception of various technique groups in the country. The population which is the victim of discrimination includes the taxpayers and the citizens of the same country. (“Intersectionality and Representation” 32) Their physical states and skin color have made them the recipients of prejudice simply because of their lack of positive image. This is a great implication of animosity between the people of various ethnic groups which is a crisis in the current world. It is therefore awkward to find certain groups in the same country being better than others yet they are all citizens governed by the same constitution. This same constitution is the one that is meant to protect the rights of all citizens although it has been contradicted when some individuals are facing hostility due to their physical disabilities and the skin color. Both past and current studies and researches have yielded the same results implying that the issue of racism and inequality has persisted over the years. The black Americans, the so called the Negros have suffered under this category over the years. They are assumed to be incapable of many skills which is not true since the intellectual capacities and physical abilities in both the color individuals and the whites are relatively the same. A significant action should therefore be deployed to attain equality or rather bring indiscrimination to lower levels across all the industries. (“Gender, Race, and Office Holding in the United States” 71)

The research question was therefore imperative in determination of the procedures and methods used in the entire research process. Observation and conducting interviews are the major methods employed in this research. Other methods could have been incorporated but they could not provide concrete information as compared to the two that were used.The research question may have been modified in the research process to accommodate other relevant information adding value to the study thus becoming more of the hypothesis in the entire research.



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