Mass Media: Media representations of disability

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1. What is meant by the stereotype "as pitiable and pathetic"?

  • grown in popularity due to TV appeals such as CIN - regular feature of TV drama and news is to over focus on disabled children and the possibility of miracle cures
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2. What is meant by the stereotype "as sexually abnormal"?

  • assumed by media representations that the disabled do not have sexual feelings/that they are sexually degenerate
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3. What is meant by the stereotype "as sinister and evil"?

  • disabled people are often portrayed as criminals/monsters
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4. 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

5. What is meant by the stereotype "as an object of violence"?

  • when disabled people featured in TV drama - 3 times more likely than able bodied characters to be killed off - reinforces idea of the disabled as victims
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