Representationof race, ethnicityand colour With the person next to you, how many racial stereotypes can you think of from The Simpsons?
Race representation Representation of race in the media can consist of the same sort of rigid stereotypes that constitute gender portrayal. Stereotyping of race is seen as more harmful than stereotyping of gender, as media representation may be the only experience of contact with a particular ethnic group that an audience may have (especially children and young people) Racial stereotypes are often based on social myth perpetuated down the ages.
Race on UK TV Race remains a hot issue on UK TV, because it’s always going to attract headlines! Often linked with immigration and questions of national identity – what does it mean to be British in the 2010s? Given that modern Britain is populated by a diverse range of people, do national media outlets represent different colours and ethnicities proportionally? Fairly?
Alvarado’s racial stereotypes(1978)Four key themes in racialrepresentation:exoticdangeroushumorouspitied (Alvarado et al. 1987: 153)
Moral Panics described as a condition, episode, person or group of persons which emerge to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests (Cohen, 1972, p.9). 1970s the image of the black mugger 1980s – image of rioter 1990s – gangsta, gun crimes etc 2000s – Media focus shifts to Muslims
Task: Choose three characters on UK TV to write a brief summary of in regards to ethnicity – choose a genre from the 6 genres of TV dramas we have looked at eg. Teen drama, hospital drama, crime drama etc. Consider how they are represented – positive? Negative? Stereotyped? Subverting stereotyped?