The mass media measures its images and programs in seconds and frames per second, always with the goal of getting our attention and making the sale. In order to depict and portray groups, particularly religious or ethnic groups, it often resorts to the use of iconic imagery, nonverbal dress, and ritualistic actions to quickly but effectively refer to a specific religious group.
Reducing a group to a brief set of images hardly captures its culture or complexity—and can easily run the risk of a stereotype, making it appear that all people share these traits when nothing could be farther from the truth. Presenting members of a group with a story of tragedy or violence can quickly create an association where none exists.
In this Discussion, you will consider a group of your choice. Then, explore its depiction, portrayal, and what we can do to address stereotypes and bias in the media.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Read the Communication Program Discussion Guidelines.
Review the Learning Resources for this week.
By Day 4
Post a response that addresses thnnnnnnnnnnnnnn,e following questions:
Find and post a positive and a negative representation of your own ethnic group or religious group.
Based on your personal experiences, why do you feel that each of the representations was positive or negative?
What can we do to combat the negative representations and advocate for positive social change?
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