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Even in this multimedia era, in which the informationis easily accessible by communication means more orless reliable remain ignorant of true French culture.According to the mentalmodels approach to mediaeffects, Americans withno French contact are morelikely to believe mediadisplay a more accuratepicture of the French culturethan in reality. Like allstereotypes, these particularfacets of French life do existto some extent but havebeen blown out ofproportion.
Stereotypes are perfect to tell a story: hence its huge use in films.For the narrator, thestereotypes attached to agroup of people completetheir portrait without the needto him to give moreexplanations in his story Achieve a dual economy: An economy of discourse, for director and an economic understanding of his speech, for the viewer Stereotypes start to be problematic when we take for a general truth a Toward the viewer, stereotypes caricature whose basic function is not to establish the true picture of helps understand "whos who" a social group but its most common among the characters that shortcut... as is the case with the appear on the screen perception of French people
To negate the effect of the narrow portrayalson American audiences, media mustshow counter-stereotypical portrayals inaddition to stereotypical portrayals. Continuous counter-stereotypical French coverage, furthermore, would encourage Americans to not ridicule, but respect the French.
people with no French contact will tend to accept stereotypical media messages while those with French contact will tend to disregard the stereotypical statements.Broadcast media such as film and television have astrong power of suggestion as they tend to maintainthe illusion that they represent "reality". Shaping hostile stereotypes, cinema can help maintain or develop the rejection of a social group by another.Although it is common to hear about a "realistic" film orstory, it is important to keep in mind that that work isinevitably a subjective shot.
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