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Theorists

  1. 1. Theorists <br />Harriet Hearn <br />
  2. 2. Stuart Hall – Marxist <br />Black representation<br />Hall argues that the representation of the black subject has been through two phases. The first was a challenge of the racist stereotype and asserting a positive black identity. This was typically through recovery of a lost African history in which an essential core is found. In the second phase, the black subject is considered to be produced inside 'regimes of representation'.<br />He shows how cultures grow nest within one another, for example in how a black person in Martinique inserts the black culture into the French culture, thus creating an oscillation between the Other and unity.<br />Media power<br />Hall was concerned with media power, including how it propagates social values. <br />"The mass media play a crucial role in defining the problems and issues of public concern. They are the main channels of public discourse in our segregated society".<br />In 1971 he made an influential appearance on BBC television where he criticized media portrayal of blacks. <br />"There is something radically wrong with the way black immigrants - West Indians, Asians, Africans-are handled by and presented on the mass media"<br />He noted how blacks appeared on TV often in racially stereotyping positions, despite liberal assumptions and discussions by broadcasters.<br />"When blacks appear in the documentary/current affairs part of broadcasting, they are always attached to some 'immigrant issue': they have to be involved in some crisis or drama to become visible actors to the media."<br />"There has been little, attempt either in drama, documentary or features to explore and express the rich, complex, diverse and troubled experience of blacks."<br />Identity<br />In his search for black identity, Hall has studied the whole sphere of identity in some detail, pulling together diverse strands to create cohesive understanding.<br />
  3. 3. Chomsky - relationship between profit seeking media and government...<br />Relation between government and the media <br /><ul><li> Government ‘manufacture’ the news
  4. 4. Media/government ‘package’ the news
  5. 5. Media delivers the news
  6. 6. Public receives the news in a much more simplified way</li>

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