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They aren't absolutely necessary, but since they are so prevalent, they make it easier to get certain points across. In humorous programming, for instance, stereotypes are played on a lot. Even in dramatic programming, or News Reporting, it is easy to pretend that things are black and white and portray someone as the sterotypic hero and someone as the villain.

Real life isn't that simple... but often we *want* it to be that simple. Categorizing the people around us helps us to know how to relate to them, whether or not that is a fair judgment for the group OR or individuals in it. :) Labels and stereotypes aren't a good thing, but they are useful to many people, including the media as they attempt to determine a target audience for shows as well as commercials. When watching a show we assume certain things when we see certain types of characters. Some shows try to break those stereotypes, and actually introduce you to individuals and their indiosyncratic ways, but some shows use them in order to set up certain situations, and play on the audience's expectations.

Although it is very possible to portray individuals rather than stereotypes, it isn't always helpful to the show, and it is always a lot more work, so although it is not necessary, it will still continue.

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