A stereotype is a preconceived or oversimplified generalization about an entire group of people without regard for individual differences.
The term stereotype derives from the Greek words "stereos" [firm, solid] and typos [impression], hence "solid impression."
In the 19th century, stereotype referred to a "solid plate" used for printing.
The modern use of the term was first used by Walter Lippmann in his 1922 book “Public Opinion.”
Broad pattern of U.S. media treatment of ethnic groups:
TCOM technology megatrends
Megatrend #1: Shift to digital technology
Digitalization, or computerization, refers to the shift to a society where computers are ubiquitous; to carry out, control, or conduct by means of a computer.
Megatrend #12: Rise of information technology
Information technology merges computing with high-speed communication links carrying data, sound & video.
Megatrend #3: Digital convergence
Digital convergence is the merger of several industries & various devices that exchange info in the digital format used by computers.
Convergence of services: In recent years the term convergence has also come to refer specifically to the ongoing 'bundling' of services by telecom players.
Megatrend #4: Rise of connectivity
Connectivity: The ability to connect computers to one another by wires or wireless technology to provide online information access.
Broadband refers to a transmission facility that has bandwidth (capacity) to carry many channels of information.
Top U.S. broadband providers (2013)
Time Warner 11.5M
Megatrend #7: Advances in digital compression
Digital compression reduces the number of computer digits that have to be transmitted while preserving the basic information content.
Interactivity means that the user is able to make an immediate response to what is going on & modify the process, i.e. there is dialog between the user & the computer or communications devices.
Multimedia refers to technology that presents information in more than one medium, including text, graphics, animation, video, music & voice.
Personalization refers to the delivery of individualized (customized) information and entertainment via electronic media.
Miniaturization is the continual shrinkage of the dimensions of a technology -- length, width and height; the design and construction of TCOM equipment in small scale.
Simply put, resolution refers to the clarity of the image on a video display screen.
Traditionally, the industry measures a TV's resolution by its vertical pixel count. So, a 1920x1080 TV is marketed as "1080"
But for 4K and 8K resolutions, we've switched to the horizontal measurement.
Portability means that people may easily move from physical location to location yet still use a device wherever they are.
Megatrend #14: Growth of wireless & mobile communication
Mobility means that users are able to access services while on the move, taking advantage of a wireless networking infrastructure.
The Clinton-Gore administration called the “information highway” the National Information Infrastructure (NII)
President Bush set a goal of providing affordable broadband services to all Americans during his administration.
President Obama supports high-speed Internet access for all Americans. But who will pay?