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Portrayal of Minorities in the Media

Portrayal of Minorities in the Media

Portrayals of minorities in the media shape identity politics and public opinions.

 

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Yet inclusiveness is not what I've found. After several months of regular weekday screening, I can confirm that mainstream online media are caught in the same loop that ensnared legacy outlets. Their view of minorities is limited, and that in turn hinders their ability to broaden their coverage.

Article: Familiar Patterns of Mino...
Source: Nieman Reports

Yet inclusiveness is not what I've found. After several months of regular weekday screening, I can confirm that mainstream online media are caught in the same loop that ensnared legacy outlets. Their view of minorities is limited, and that in turn hinders their ability to broaden their coverage.

Article: Familiar Patterns of Mino...
Source: Nieman Reports

Yet inclusiveness is not what I've found. After several months of regular weekday screening, I can confirm that mainstream online media are caught in the same loop that ensnared legacy outlets. Their view of minorities is limited, and that in turn hinders their ability to broaden their coverage.

Article: Familiar Patterns of Mino...
Source: Nieman Reports

Likewise, they have clamored for the media presentation of better minority role models — in news, in entertainment, even in advertising — both to set standards for minority people and to reduce the deleterious stereotypes too long prevalent in the media. While progress has occurred, the media have not been consistently responsive or sensitive.

Article: A Long Way to Go: Minori...
Source: Center for Media Literacy

All of us depend on the media to portray and define those things that we have not personally experiences. We "learn" about others through radio, websites, television, movies, video games, newspapers, and magazines. The portrayals and news coverage of Native Americans and other groups in those media can become reality in our minds, especially if we have no direct experiences to balance them against.

Article:   Racism, Sexism, and the M…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

The media coverage of people of color has often focused inordinate attention on the more bizarre or unusual elements of minority communities, such as youth gangs, illegal immigration, and interracial violence. While these are all legitimate topics, the emphasis on such coverage and the near absence of other news stories or dramatic themes involving minorities resulted in a new stereotype of racial minorities as problem people; that is, as groups either beset by problems or causing them for the larger society.

Article:   Racism, Sexism, and the M…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

Individual and national identities , constructs of sex, gender, race, ethnicity and other categories of difference (dissimilarity) change over time. For example, after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the definition of who is an American underwent serious scrutiny as those who had once been neighbors and friends, if of "Arab descent," were made to feel like outsiders.

Article:   Media, Minorities and Mea…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

There is, for example, the familiar slave-figure: dependable, loving in a simple, childlike way - the devoted 'Mammy' with the rolling eyes, or the faithful field-hand or retainer, attached and devoted to 'his' Master. The best known extravaganza of all - Gone With The Wind - contains rich variants of both.

Article:   Gender, Race, and Class i…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

By inferential racism i mean those apparently naturalized representations of events and situations relating to race, whether 'factual' or 'fictional,' which have racist premisses and propositions inscribed in them as a set of unquestioned assumptions. These enable racist statements to be formulated without ever bringing into awareness the racist predicates on which the statements are grounded.

Article:   Gender, Race, and Class i…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

Many minority groups, or powerless sections of society, share a common fate: relative invisibility in the media and demeaning stereotypes. But there are differences as well as similarities in the ways various minorities (racial, ethnic, sexual, religious and political) are treated by the mass media.

Article:   Media Studies: Media Hist…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal
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