Antoine A. McDonald
Intro to Mass Communications

From the Perspective of the Modern African American Family

During a rise of cultural impact by means of media and mass communication, television has been able to help shape cultural norms, spark controversy while also changing and impacting the lives of millions. By the early 1980s well over 90 percent of the families in the United States owned at least one television set . In that era two television sitcoms went on to be the topic of social significance as well as American classics. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Cosby Show; although very different both sitcoms have been criticized on the shows content and its message. Theories have developed comparing and contrasting the shows and analyzing them scene by scene.