Essay Questions

1. Examine the ways in which the media stereotypes certain groups. Which groups benefit the most from this stereotyping? Which are most harmed? How does this affect the political sphere?

2. Discuss the advent of the 24/7 news cycle in television and the Internet. To what degree is this a useful phenomenon? In what way has this been harmful in terms of how the news is reported? Be sure to include examples.

3. Discuss the connection between political outcomes for racial and ethnic minority political candidates and officeholders and the media. Be sure to include the amount and tone of coverage, as well as the effects of that coverage.

4. Examine the ways in which the advent of social media has changed the way people obtain and consume the news. Consider how these changes have altered the way that traditional politics is conducted.