Diversity in the Media

The issue of diversity in the mass media culture is often a topic of hot debate, and for good reason. For countless years, since the beginnings of mass communication, the market has been heavily saturated by white individuals, primarily white males. As such, a great deal of reasonable complaints have arisen in recent history about the uniformity of most news stations and other modes of news. Many measures have been taken as a result of the airing of these grievances, but some would argue that it isn’t enough. ¬†However, still others would argue that attempting to regulate who we see when we attempt to¬†get our news each day is unnecessary and denies some individuals a fair chance to work in the field they are trained for, prioritizing those with a specific minority status over those who may be more qualified. Personally, I feel that these changes in the media are truly for the better. Every person should be able to see herself in the media, regardless of race or gender. Additionally, the diversity of people within the media lends itself to a variety of perspectives on what is often the same story, as one story is usually covered by almost every media outlet with varying frequency. Another complaint some have about diversity within the media is that these diverse individuals have different viewpoints than they might, which is quickly remedied by the changing of the channel to a station that lends itself to the same viewpoint as the viewer or the picking up of a different newspaper or magazine. There are seemingly endless news stations and outlets available for public consumption; it is almost impossible to hold a claim that is not catered to by one or more outlets. Still another grievance is the statement that white people who watch diverse news teams don’t feel that every person on said teams represent their demographic, In response to that, it could easily be argued that no other race or ethnicity is able to turn on the television or open a newspaper or magazine and see that all the contributors are the same as them, unless one is looking at “niche” channels, publications, or websites. Furthermore, those of different ethnicities or orientations who may not have seen themselves represented prior to these regulations and encouragements to do so may now feel that they too can attempt this career path, opening doors that previously weren’t available to them. As such, diversity in the media should not only be encouraged, but required in order to ensure equal representation for all ethnicities and races.

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