Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Crash into our faces

One example of an ideological construct is race. The media text that in my opinion best portrays relations between races, is the movie Crash which was released in 2005 and directed by Paul Haggis. Crash is about the separate lives of individuals of different ethnicities whose lives became intertwined through the decisions they made and various events outside of their control. It takes a very bold look at not the only way people perceive each other and stereotype one another based on their race, but also the tension this causes. In the movie the car thief is played by an African American who hijacks the car of a rich husband and wife played by White Americans. The maid who works for the rich couple is played by a Hispanic woman. These are some of the ways in which the movie reflects the ideological views of society because these are the perceived roles people from different races occupy by most Americans.

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