My interpretation of Lippman’s quote is that we use stereotypes as a defense mechanism to ensure our place in society. We categorize people into groups in order to make sense of the confusing situations we encounter in our daily reality. The position in society and the rights society has granted upon us influences the stereotypes we create and provides us with a fortress of comfort.
I definitely agree with the way Lippman defines stereotypes because it implicates the issue of self-respect and how we identify with a position in society. It shows how intertwined our thought process is to the feelings and emotions of stereotypes. I agree that with the overall message that stereotypes are strong forces inside of us that act on our personal experiences in the environment we have grown up in.
I think this describes contemporary media systems in that all mediums operate on the premise of stereotypes. Media can be a manipulative force and without proper engagement and analysis of how humans develop stereotypes and biases in their lives, journalists will never be able to overcome them. When we see clips in class of television shows or movies, like South Park, stereotypes play a huge role in how the show is produced as well as how it is perceived.
And now, a South Park clip about stereotypes. I can’t find a way to embed it into the blog, so here is the link.