Examples Of Misrepresentations In The Media

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Technology is a prevalent tool in daily life. Global news and updates are attained through countless media resources, from news channels to social networking. As a result, many representations in the media are significantly impactful to the mindsets of people all over the world. However, problems arise when misrepresentations – both intentional and accidental – of important societal issues such as race, gender, and sexuality are conveyed to the global audience. Blatant racism is regularly displayed in mainstream media coverage. These issues are reflected in exaggerated or inaccurate generalizations of certain races or social groups. Various newspapers tend to demean a committed crime depending on the suspect’s race. For example, NBC News ran a headline regarding Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African-American killed by authorities because it was assumed he was robbing a convenient store. This headline focused on his negative academic history, rather than his supposed crime itself, mentioning that the suspect…show more content…
Many entertainment visuals, such as movies or TV shows, assert male dominance and patriarchal ideology to persuade and enforce destructive social norms. Women also grow up with these norms by attrition constantly present in the media. Society has become so desensitized to underlying sexist comments and actions, one could casually come across a setting where the man orthodoxly financially supports the family while the woman serves as a ‘housewife,’ cooking, cleaning, and looking after the children. Gender roles imply that the man in the family cannot act as an emotionally supportive father figure, whereas the mother’s role is to answer her family’s needs before her own. For instance, the annual Superbowl attracts nearly 100,000,000 million television spectators in a single year, meaning its high budget advertisements easily confine millions of dollars by castigating women and encouraging gender

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