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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

“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 not feel like she could
be a dependent, sexual toy with her nose, and felt she would feel more feminine if she got
the nose job. She ended up getting the nose job because she felt that this would be the
only way to feel better. It made her feel better for a while, but it was only a matter of
time before she started to find something else wrong with her that did not make her feel
feminine. Maybe if she had looked at other happy people that are married and care for
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