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Lasswells three functions of media surveillance correlation and transmission as described in Clint C Wilson Felix F Guitierrez and Lena M Chaos book Racism Sexism and the Media The Rise of Class Communication in Multicultural America directly apply to Lalo Alcarezs daily newspaper comic strip La Cucaracha Surveillance appropriately relates when considering how Alcarez underscores stigmas frequently related with Latino-Americans Correlation is accurately depicted by Alvarez through playing on stereotypes commonly associated with Latino-Americans Transmission is portrayed in La Cucaracha by trying to disseminate myths about Latino-Americans using sarcasm Wrights additional functions of entertainment and economic service are perhaps the most important functions of La Cucaracha While it does have social and political undertones La Cucaracha is mainly created for the purpose of entertainment Likewise the foremost purpose of a comic strip is to give certain publications an economic edge over others Surveillance is obvious in every installment of La Cucaracha In the first and second panels of example one of La Cucaracha Cuco replies to his fathers request of him to get a job by saying Havent you heard Pop Those law-breaking illegal aliens have taken all the low wage jobs teens used to fill This use of irony is one of the ways La Cucaracha author Lalo Alcarez brings to light the preconceived notions often applied to both legal and illegal Latino-Americans He continues to use satire in the second example when he shows a white man walking by a sleeping Latino immigrant the white man mutters Lazy immigrant The correlation function can be sufficiently seen in La Cucaracha by Alcarezs use of stigmas to illustrate the way that he believes Latino-Americans are interpreted by the nation In panel two of the first example Alcarez uses sarcasm to show how Latino-Americans are viewed by others in the American society when he shows Cucos father looking wide-eyed and dumbfounded Really3 he says when Cuco explains that illegal immigrants have taken all of the jobs
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