Representation and stereotypes


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Representation and stereotypes

  1. 1. Representation & Stereotypes Amber, Josh and Ollie
  2. 2. Representation Representation is how various groups are displayed. For example, a group may be represented by a character who fits their stereotypes. Examples of this are TV shows like The Only Way is Essex which attempts to represent the Essex community as shallow and clumsy. However, it does not always have to be stereotypical, nor does it have to be negative. In some TV shows, different groups are represented quite positively.
  3. 3. Stereotypes A stereotype is widely accepted generalisation of a particular group. It does not necessarily have to be true, rather it simply has to be accepted. Various differences in groups that are commonly subjected to stereotypes are: • Gender • Age • Ethnicity • Sexuality • Class and Status • Physically and Mentally Disability • Regional Location
  4. 4. Verisimilitude Verisimilitude is how similar to real life a TV show is. It doesn’t always have to deviate from stereotypes, but it can be quite similar to them. Usually, TV shows with a high verisimilitude are subject to one or two stereotypes, though never all since it would become satirical. Verisimilitude does not have to be a consistent factor, as some TV shows that are realistic about one aspect can be quite lenient about the reality of another.
  5. 5. Gender Gender is shown in various ways in the Media. It is usually characterises a character by their masculinity or femininity. It defines the way in which a certain character acts or behaves around others. Gender carries with it lots of stereotypes and representations, some true and some false.
  6. 6. Age Age is a very prevalent subject within media, and is probably one of the more similarly represented aspects of the media. The verisimilitude of each of the different representations do not usually vary by much across different productions, and different ages are represented in the same way.
  7. 7. Ethnicity Ethnicity is probably one of the more sensitive subjects in the media. Some productions represent different ethnicities in different ways. This is not always as simple as white people versus black people, or any other stereotypes. It exists for all ethinic groups and is not always as biased as in other series.
  8. 8. Sexuality Your sexuality is defined by your sexual orientation. This could be describe through your bisexuality, homosexuality or heterosexuality. It generally shows up in different shows with various stigmas attached to it. However, it does not necessarily mean that gay men act like women or lesbians act like men all of the time.
  9. 9. Class & Status Status defines the power an individual has over a certain group of people. Class refers to an individual’s background and lifestyle, as is generally a combination of the two, as well as their wealth. One can have status within their own class of people, and more class within their own status.