“Modern Family” is a television comedy series created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan that debuted on ABC on September 23, 2009. This show represents middle class family that almost everyone is educated and has well paid jobs. They are always dressed up and live in a clean and cozy mansion. “The middle.” is a comedy television series, airing on ABC since September 30, 2009. This program represents a working class. Both parents are working in low income positions that require no college education. They are dressed clean but not fancy and live in a relatively small house.
Both shows that are being analyzed in this paper represent two classes with three children which have a lot in common. The first similarity that captured my attention is the number of children and their characters. Both families have three children and the oldest ones are the most social ones. They are both teenagers and like all teenagers they love to party and skip school. They are always arguing with their parents and their younger siblings and claim their families are not respecting their privacy. The second similarity is the fact that in both families smart children are not the oldest siblings and signified by nerdy marks and have been deride in both shows to some extend. They are usually the ones that talk to themselves, look strange and ask unexpected questions that no one in the family has the knowledge to answer them. Some of the physical inscriptions are thick big glasses,braces, colorful and patterned outfits that are old fashion. The third similarity is the way both parents are focused on their children’s education. In both families moms are more involved with their children’s homework and follow up with their grades and performance at school, even though they are busy with their daily responsibilities.Some of the significant class differences that cut my attention in the two shows I’m analyzing in this paper are families living situation, character presenting and the way parents are represented. First, I will compare the two families living situation. The “Modern Family” as the name of the show indicates represents a more modern or in other words an upper middle class family while “the middle” show represents a working class family. The middle class family lives in a big clean house while the working class family’s house is showed unorganized with old furniture. Both families’ first siblings are teenagers as I mentioned and have a lot in common in behaviors but the way that media presents them is a lot different. The teenage girl from the show “modern family” is always happy and is surrounded by friends but the boy from the show “the middle” has only two friends and always having difficulty to get the girl he likes. This aspect of the shows identifies one of the roots of the classism issue in our society. The last main difference is in they way parents are represented. In the “modern family” show the mom is a house wife and she is always taking care of the children and keeping the house clean while herself is always dressed up. Her husband is always in suit and busy making money to support the family. On the other hand, the mom in “the middle” family is working full time, nagging and frustrated all the time. Therefore, their house is never clean and piles of dishes and clothes can be seen everywhere in the house and her husband has a bottle of beer in his hand sitting in front the TV or arguing with her over financial or family related issue. The way the two families have been separated and marked made their class difference more noticeable. Another proof of media classism is significantly shown in the commercials. Advertisements in the “modern family” show includes eating healthy, jewelry stores or beauty care. On the other hand, the advertisements in “the middle”show are coffee and how to quit smoking.
These two programs highlight some of the classism issues that we are unconsciously dealing with everyday. If you live in an upper middle class you are happy and more popular. You deserve to eat and look better just because you make more money compare to a working class individual and the society expects you to live a certain way. The working class needs to drink coffee to keep up with the hard low income job and balance the family and work. The media is directly marking the working class with drinking and smoking. Therefore, the society and even the individuals from this class instinctively become attracted to these mark ups. In conclusion, this is the media that spoon feeds us how we present ourselves and live our lives. Let be the first to live our lives the way we deserve not the way we are expected.
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