Analysis Essay

Analysis Essay 
In this essay you will write a three-page analysis of two forms of mass media from two distinct 
sources.
You are responsible for choosing the subjects of your analysis. They can come from any aspect 
of mass media (or a combination: TV, movies, magazines, newspapers, internet, etc.). Be sure to 
pick two examples of mass media that you can link in some way through the connective theme 
of perpetuating stereotypes (such as detailed in The Myth of the Latin Woman) that lead to 
disempowerment. YOU MUST FOCUS ON ONE SPECIFIC STEREOTYPE IN BOTH 
MEDIUMS (though the mediums can be different). The specific choices of media can come 
from any time in history, respectively, but must have the same effect as indicated above. 
Reference the notes from class and chapter on analysis (Chapter 10 in Norton). Consider the 
context of the specific media choices. Be prepared to describe each and break them down to 
reveal the stereotype and how it fosters disempowerment. Be sure to explain how the media 
generates meaning and to what effect. 
Structure: Six paragraphs total
Paragraph 1: Introduction. Begin with some general context on the subject of mass media 
perpetuating stereotypes that lead to disempowerment. Pivot to the specific stereotype you wish 
to explore and recognize its prominence in mass media. Get specific with your thesis statement 
which reiterates the stereotype and its existence in the two examples of media you will analyze 
(i.e. name names). 
Paragraph 2: Use details to describe media #1. Remember to start with a clear and concise topic 
sentence (e.g. Blackish is a contemporary TV show about). Use the rest of the paragraph to 
describe the media. Use details about the media to provide general context (so your reader has a 
sense of what its about). Dont get into the stereotype, yet.
Paragraph 3: Analyze how the effect of disempowerment is developed through the specific 
media. Start by telling that the stereotype in media #1 leads to disempowerment. Next, use 
specifics to show the stereotype on display. Finally, explain how this leads to disempowerment 
beyond the media (i.e. how this effects perceptions in society and has a negative impact on the 
group being stereotyped). 
Paragraph 4: Use details to describe media #2. Remember to start with a clear and concise topic 
sentence. Use the rest of the paragraph to describe the media. Use details about the media to 
provide general context (so your reader has a sense of what its about). Dont get into the 
stereotype, yet
Paragraph 5: Analyze how the effect of disempowerment is developed through the specific 
media. Start by telling that the stereotype in media #2 leads to disempowerment. Next, use 
specifics to show the stereotype on display. Finally, explain how this leads to disempowerment 
beyond the media (i.e. how this effects perceptions in society and has a negative impact on the 
group being stereotyped). 
Paragraph 6: Conclusion 


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