Communication is the art of exchanging information from person to person. Information can be transmitted by means such as newspapers, mobile devices, music, and television. The television is the most popular form media that is capable of showing many different types of shows. These shows are split up into genres, such as Action films, Dramas, and Sitcoms. The purpose of this paper is to review the global popularity of the popular sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and how African American culture was rising and beginning to take a social status across the media.
Communication is the art of exchanging information from person to person. It is the type of social contact that all people seek through the course of their life to share their thoughts and feelings with one another. Communication is the foundation of culture, or symbols of society, that we use in our daily lives to speak to each other and provide insight about our ideas. However, society is still very racially biased as to how media is distributed. So how did The Fresh Prince of Bel Air use the media to enlighten communities across the globe to African American lifestyles? The research may leave you stunned.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Global Appeal
On September 10, 1990, the popular sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, aired on television, becoming the second most internationally watched show in 1997. Unlike similar shows like Friends and How I Met Your Mother that had nearly all of their main cast members of white ancestry, all of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s main cast members were African American. This made it a very unusual, yet appealing television show. The plot is about a young African American man named Will Smith who is sent to Beverly Hills to live with his rich aunt and uncle because his mother does not want him to grow up in a neighborhood where crime runs rampant. From there, his mother expects him to become mature, learn responsibility, and to respect the people around him. The show tells the story of how Will tries to get through life and school everyday as an African American man while also communicating to the audience and teaching them about core values for African American . In every episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will is very proud of who is is and stands up for what he believes in.
Research has praised The Fresh Prince of Bel Air for its positive insight on African American family structure and interaction, making it a beneficial role model for all people that watch the show. According to research studies, this was a highly popular show amongst middle class families and the Middle-Eastern region of the world, and it was one of the first African American comedies geared towards American teenagers. It is no wonder that the themes of African Americans gaining an education struck the interest of so many people around the world. Studies also have revealed that of the people that watch the show, many have found a distinctive identity for themselves and are not ashamed of who they are. For this study, researchers brought in