Marginal Revolution had a post last week about the apparent affect that the increase of cable and satellite TV are having on gender roles in India.
It appears that as people in India are exposed to more shows showing women in more equal roles as men on TV, that there has been a significant increase in women's status in India.
While this is nothing earth-shattering...that TV affects our opinions on virtually everything (which is why billions of dollars are spent on TV advertising each year), it does create some interesting thoughts.
What role does government interferrence in availability of networks/programs in developing countries play in prohibiting this equality?
Where there certain programs/program genres that were significant in shaping how American Culture views different groups of people? Did Laverne and Shirley change the way we view women in the workplace? How about the Cosby Show and the traditional stereotype of how black families behaved? How about the show "24" and how it shapes our view of people of Middle-Eastern descent?
What ethical role do TV producers have in this new-found power? And as a society, have we allowed TV to play too big of a role in shaping our viewpoints? Is this why overweight, dorky men think they're destined to get a hot wife?