Media Representations of Disability

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Representations of Disability

Barnes: Identified a no. of recurring stereotypes of disabled people:

  • Pitiable and pathetic
  • As an object of violence - 3x as likely to get killed off television soaps than able-bodied people
  • As sinister or evil - Morris claimed that disability in media has a become a metaphor something evil; the writer knows that disability often produces prejudice, fear and ignorance in people and will evoke certain feelings within an


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