AD Blog 3: Stereotypical Stereotypes

Stereotypes often have a poor connotation in society because people usually associate negative attributes with certain groups. It is due to the lack of experience of being unfamiliar, unpredictable, distant, and unknown of what is around us, especially in places or situations that we are unfamiliar with. This mainly comes from our human intuition since we are driven to be in a group and surround ourselves in an environment that we trust or familiar with.

Truth or Consequences: Why Our Messages Are Going Unheard written by Eric Mower talks about how society lives in a post-factual time. This means that we automatically characterized information being told to us. An example of this is Watergate that happened in 1972 and the lasting stereotypes it has formed.

Prior to Watergate, the media and higher authority helped people stay informed about the government without much question being raised. Now, credibility and respect has been lost in those groups. It also continues to take its toll on not only the political system but also in advertising and public relations. “We often connect positive or negative values to stereotypes” (Sheehan, 2014, p.76). A negative stereotype was built around the government and politics by society. Though there are people who trust the word of the administration with no issues despite the formed negative stereotypes around the government.