Ethics Essay by Master Researcher

Ethics
A discussion regarding the ethics involved when featuring fictitious racial, cultural or religious figures in the media.
# 90114 | 900 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Communication (Mass Media) , Communication (Television) , Film (Television) , Film (General) , Ethics (General)


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This paper considers the ethics involved in a new show for Comedy Central, featuring a character called "The Great Gandhi," a Hindu super hero who works at a telephone bank. The paper predicts possible objections that may arise from the structure of the show, the nature of the main character and the kind of concerns people have raised in the past about media depictions of different cultural backgrounds, including the Islamic concerns about a series of cartoons depicting Muhammad, when in Islam Muhammad is never pictured in any way.

From the Paper:

"Several objections are likely to be raised to this program if it is put on the air. The three most likely objections are: That the show takes an Indian national hero and commercializes him performing acts he would never perform in real life. That the show skirts a number of Hindu issues in a way that might be deemed to be against the religion and so insulting to adherents of Hinduism. That the emphasis on the main character answering telephones for an outsourced customer service system is stereotypical and plays into the concerns of Americans about people in the Third World taking their jobs. These objections arise from the structure of the show, the nature of the main character, and the kind of concerns people have raised in the past about media depictions of different cultural backgrounds, including the Islamic concerns about a series of cartoons depicting Muhammad, when in Islam Muhammad is never pictured in any way."

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