Originally Posted by Pollyanna
Yep, the media loves to stereotype any group who's deemed "different" and it's always a huge oversimplification - and ultimately a misrepresentation. Still, it's great for group bonding against the common enemy, which of course shifts units - "goodly people like us" against the evil outsiders.
For whatever reason it feels good to demonise "out groups" and feel all superior ... hey, we're doing it right now and it feels pretty good :)
Are you serious? For the past 10 years in the US, bikers, drug addicts and criminals have been held up as celebrities! Reality shows with misfits, hoarders and people with bad hair, bad teeth, bad odors and Wal-Mart tattoos are the most popular on television. If anything, good role models on television are hard to come by. With a few exceptions for people who lose lots of weight or have talent, good role models aren't so much demonized as ignored altogether. The media have long been fascinated with dysfunction and it's served in heaping portions these days.