Mass Media: Media representations of disability

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1. What did the GUMG conclude?

  • high proportion of able bodied sample felt fear and anxiety when in the proximity of people with mental health problems - media coverage convinced them that mental illness is associated with violent behaviour
  • low proportion of able bodied sample felt fear and anxiety when in the proximity of people with mental health problems - ignored the ideological message that mental illness was associated with violent behaviour
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2. What is meant by the stereotype "as sinister and evil"?

  • disabled people are often portrayed as criminals/monsters
  • (using this for definition purposes)

3. What did Roper suggest about the effects of telethons?

  • can create problems for the disabled - telethons over rely on cute children, not representative of disabled people in UK - charities rather than government bodies provide funs, people rarely question why people disadvantaged in first place
  • they have no effect on the well being of the disabled
  • they make people aware of disabled and help them feel more sympathetic of their cause - increases awareness

4. What is meant by the stereotype "as super cripples"?

  • disabled are often portrayed as having special powers
  • (using this for definition purposes)

5. Which group did Ross and Sancho identify as being especially irritated by portrayals of miraculous cures and a lack of reality?

  • Elders
  • Children
  • Young Adults

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