- Describe one specific example of this (An example of a stereotype in a movie)?
I think that the previous post brought up some very good points. I would suggest examining how films' depictions of crime have changed over time. For example, compare Michael Winner's depiction of urban crime in the 1974 film "Death Wish" with the depiction in Peebles' film, "New Jack City." How does the depiction of crime in each differ? Add the recent Ridley Scott film, "American Gangster" to the mix might also be able to yield some interesting ideas. Comparing films from different time periods is highly effective in examining the social bias of the time, of which the media is a part. Films represent, to a certain extent, cultural tastes and predispositions. Examining the biases featured in each, and displaying how crime is depicted in each might be a good way to articulate the complex relationship between crime and social perception.
This is a good question, since movies are a powerful cultural force that shapes the minds of people perhaps more than any other thing. Think of what a great movie or a series can do for a city (Friends for NYC) or a cause (Hotel Rwanda)? So, if a blockbuster portrays crime in a certain way, then it will shape the minds of people. To be sure, some people will say that all people know that movies are just movies with little basis in reality, but my point is that movies are much more, because movies shape the tastes and imagination of people. Therefore, movie makers has a responsibility. Also, viewers have a responsible to watch critically.
Here is one example of a stereotype. All Asians know martial arts. Here is another. All violent crimes are perpetrated by the poor minorities.