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The purpose of this research project is to examine television’s portrayal of the United States’ population, based on the characteristics of race, gender, and family dynamics (i.e. married, divorced, and single parent families). As a result, our research question states “Do television shows, aimed towards teens/young adults, accurately portray the population characteristics of its intended audience?” Past research has shown that television shows have a tendency to be inaccurate and under-represent minority groups. Therefore, we will be cross-examining data obtained from a content analysis of television shows with the Census 2000 data. We will then examine student perceptions of television’s accuracy to further clarify this issue.



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