Do you think people living in poverty in the U.S. are accurately represented in media?

@stasis (94)
United States
May 8, 2017 1:47pm CST
Have you ever watched a documentary that aims to follow the everyday lives of normal, everyday people struggling to make ends meet, talking about all their expenses and how "they just don't know what they'll do" if they can't make rent next month -- but then you see the houses they're living in and the cars they're driving and the clothes they're wearing and the food they're eating, and you think to yourself, "Nah, that's not what it's REALLY like, I WISH I could afford salmon for dinner!" I honestly do not believe people know what it's really like to live in poverty. Just so you know, the poverty threshold for a family of two is about $15,000 (give or take). People living in split-level homes with two cars out front and entire wardrobes they purchased from Macy's and Aeropostale are NOT poverty-ridden if they can actually maintain that lifestyle. We may not be homeless, but we're one bad circumstance away from it. I wish the poor were more accurately represented in the entertainment industry. What are your thoughts?
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@magnumopus (1664)
• Singapore
8 May 17
It's hard to tell 'cause media has its own vested interest to mind. Any idea on how many are living in poverty in the U.S.?
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@stasis (94)
• United States
8 May 17
According to the 2014 Census, there were an estimated 45.1 million Americans at or below the poverty line. :O That's much more than I expected, honestly.
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• Singapore
10 May 17
@stasis So many are marginalized.
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@Morleyhunt (21017)
• Canada
8 May 17
When my children were small. We were living well below the stated poverty line. Funny. We didn't have money to throw around....but our bills were paid...the children were well dressed....we lived in a nice home....we managed...it was just how things were.
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