The Media’s Effect on Class Consciousness and How the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer

4 pages | 930 words

This essay looks at how the media portray class and social inequality, and how this affects our understanding of these issues. It discusses how the media often focus on individual stories of people who have overcome their circumstances, which reinforces the belief that anyone can make it if they try hard enough. However, this ignores the structural factors that contribute to poverty. The essay also looks at how the rich are often portrayed as being in control of their lives and their destiny, while the poor are often shown as being out of control.