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7 groups of representation

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  • 1. By flah and rumaana
  • 2.       Classes (e.g. made in Chelsea) often shown as rich, clever, snobby, very posh. Middle class (e.g. My family) often shown as “normal”, good family views and well behaved Working classes (e.g. coronation street) often shown as poorer, less happy, less intelligent but with strong community link. Lower/under class (e.g. shameless)- often shown as being criminals, no family values, no community links and bad parents etc… People often notice that in many TV shows, people of different classes don’t mix. And when shown together, they often shown as clashing and being very different.
  • 3. ◦ Sexuality is a persons sexual orientation or preference. ◦ Homosexual representation stereotypes: ◦ Gay men are portrayed as having womanly characteristics. Gay men often shown receiving family rejection. Gay men speak with a lisp. Mothers regret being too close to their son, thinking that is what “made” them gay. The idea is that’s its just a phrase. Gay men are flamboyant, feminine characters and camp mannerisms. Etc… ◦ Homosexual females: ◦ Gay women portrayed as overly masculine. Often represented aggressive and mouthy. Drifting from one sexual liaison they end up old and alone. Gay women do sports such as sport/P.E teachers and military and are butch. Lesbians commonly represented as pursuing heterosexual women. Gay women are also shown as receiving family rejection.
  • 4.  In the 50’s people saw homosexuality as if it were a disease. They had TV adverts warning young boys to beware of homosexuals; in the advert a gay man is in a car and makes a young man get in. There is a voice over of people saying that you should beware of homosexual men as they were predators and groom boys.
  • 5.  Disabled people are often shown as pitiable and pathetic; sweet and innocent and a miracle cure. They are shown as victims or and object of violence; unable to defend themselves. They are seen as laughable. Also seen as outcasts or freaks. Perhaps seen as somebody wise or a noble warrior. Also see as non-sexual and incapable of a worthwhile relationship. Also seen as incapable of fully participating in everyday life.
  • 6.   Regional identity is identifying a persons identity which is routed not only in the setting of the film but also in speech, costumes etc… and in the region they live in. Regional identity constitutes the representation of individuals from a certain geographical areas. Places to consider are London and New York. These cities are often portrayed in TV dramas. Being someone who doesn't live in either of cities you can base your ideas on what the person is like based where they live. This is why considering regional identity is important. This maybe the only way people can begin identifying others from different areas in the country or the world.
  • 7.   Youths are shown as disrespectful, rebellious, menace to society, dangerous, abusive/violent, lazy, no ambitions or goals in life, failing in school or dropping out. Their language is seen as based on swearing, slang, argumentative, flirtatious, exaggerated, joking/never serious, mocking and blunt/straight to the point. Typical story lines that link in with everyday youth lives are; relationship affairs, drugs, breaking the law, depression, suicide, pregnancy and broken homes. Elderly people are represented as annoying, weak, wise, respectable, grumpy, vulnerable, tend to stereotype the young, critical, midlife crisis, out dated and bad memory.
  • 8.  Race, Ethnicity and colour, like sex compromises sets of genetically defined biological characteristics, however, as with gender, there are also cultural elements in those defining characteristics. Stereotyping of race is seen as more harmful than stereotyping gender, as media representations may constitute the only experience of contact with a particular ethnic group (Particular an audience of children) may have. Racial stereotypes are based on social myth, perpetuated down the years.
  • 9.   Male characters are often perceived to be isolated and not to rely on others- this foreshadows the key representation of strength and perhaps enforcing their power over women. In TV dramas men are presented to be apart of a family conveyed to be apart of a narrative rather than the main focal point of the show. Women are usually portrayed in TV dramas to play the “second hand” role rather than the main dominant acting role. Women are typically shown to be part of the context family, friends and colleagues of the main act. On the other hand, in some dramas such as “sex in the city” women are in control of the drama however, men are still represented to be the main role in specific dramas with the average of being displayed three times more than women.

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