Opperative Assumptions by Gregg Bordowitz focuses on the powerful and popular media medium of television, and its effects on society as a whole. It also explores the role of television in activism, and whether it has played a positive or negative role in it. The negative aspect of this is explored, and is inclusive of how much it dominates the percentage of media domination. Many individuals rely on TV daily in order to gain information about the outside world and thus TV as a medium for media has a large responsibility. This can be misused, which is evident in the way that it portrayed HIV and AIDS when the conditions were starting to become prominent in society. It overall portrayed HIV and AIDS as something racialized, foreign, and socially unacceptable. This links to the fact that TV during that time period (and to a very large extent today) mainly portrays the opinions of majority as opposed to minority groups, showing a large degree of bias. This exclusion of the realities facing the minority group can directly effect them in a negative manner and they will thus think that they are socially inferior.

It is important when watching TV to carefully consider how for example, certain groups in society are being portrayed. Since TV is the and if not one of the most significant sources of media, we should question what is being portrayed on it. Stereotypes and assumptions on minority groups such as those that have HIV/AIDS must be carefully examined and most likely rejected instead of believed.




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