Media Representation

With the recent outbreaks of police brutality, the presidential election, and the protests and riots occurring across the country the media has had a field day with what they put out to the public. Either one side is represented poorly, or the other is represented unfairly.

The media has the ability to change the narrative of any story. Is something like this morally right?  It does help the ratings, and ratings bring in profit. A story that has more shock value is able to bring in a wider audience, so why break a working system?

Reality Media

When the story of the 2012 Aurora shooter James Holmes was covered, certain media outlets such as Fox News, Breitbart News Network, and WND portrayed James as someone who was psychologically disturbed, rather then a mass murderer. This change in story affects the viewer, to make them feel some form of compassion to a person who had zero for his for victims.

Cultural Representation
Maggie Yee Asian American Woman Artist Association - Visual Artist Anthony Piper Rouge 3 - Comic Book Artist
Tomas Ybarra Frausto National Association of Latino Arts and Culture - Arts Scholar and Consultant

All the people above have had a positive influence on their community and race with trying to break boundaries. Because mostly what you see on TV is a horrible stereotype of that fails to represent anyone.

In the Netflix series Master of None by Aziz Ansari. Aziz's character Dev talks with his friend about the Indian stereotypes in Short Circuit, and how the main character is actually a white man in brown makeup.

Master of None | Indians on TV: Indians | Netflix

Nadeem Siddiqi Muslim American Society - Community Leader
Aziz Ansari Masters of None - Director/Actor

America is a melting pot of different  cultures, races, and traditions. Unfortunately what you see on popular videos, television shows, and movies are races being represented into a stereotype. There are people who represent their culture in a very positive light, with the sole purpose to eliminate the current social stigma.

Economic Representation

Money plays a huge role when it comes to the media. It doesn't matter how outlandish a story is, as long as it gets a large amount of ratings then it's fine.

This is shown in the Youtube video How Stories Control Our Economic Reality by Nerdwriter1. That the media consistently covered stories on Donal Trump regardless of the political opposition.

Walter Edward Williams is an American economist, commentator, and author of Race and Economics. Williams discusses the role of discrimination in contemporary economics, and anecdotes concerning race in his own life.

 

Even displayed in The 13th, a Netflix documentary on the current race issues. The prison population grew by 700 percent from 1970 to 2005, a rate that is outpacing crime and population rates. The incarceration rates disproportionately impact men of color: 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men. Many prison are privately owned by companies and make a lot of money based on the amount of inmates that they have, so putting away a ,man or woman for a simple misdemeanor makes someone in the end more rich.

Media Representation Cultural Representation Economic Representation
Reality Media
Nadeem Siddiqi Muslim American Society - Community Leader Maggie Yee Asian American Woman Artist Association - Visual Artist Anthony Piper Rouge 3 - Comic Book Artist Aziz Ansari Masters of None - Director/Actor Tomas Ybarra Frausto National Association of Latino Arts and Culture - Arts Scholar and Consultant
Media Representation Cultural Representation Economic Representation
Reality Media
Nadeem Siddiqi Muslim American Society - Community Leader Maggie Yee Asian American Woman Artist Association - Visual Artist Anthony Piper Rouge 3 - Comic Book Artist Aziz Ansari Masters of None - Director/Actor Tomas Ybarra Frausto National Association of Latino Arts and Culture - Arts Scholar and Consultant
Media Representation Cultural Representation Economic Representation
Reality Media
Nadeem Siddiqi Muslim American Society - Community Leader Maggie Yee Asian American Woman Artist Association - Visual Artist Anthony Piper Rouge 3 - Comic Book Artist Aziz Ansari Masters of None - Director/Actor Tomas Ybarra Frausto National Association of Latino Arts and Culture - Arts Scholar and Consultant
Media Representation
Reality Media
Cultural Representation Nadeem Siddiqi Muslim American Society - Community Leader Maggie Yee Asian American Woman Artist Association - Visual Artist Anthony Piper Rouge 3 - Comic Book Artist Aziz Ansari Masters of None - Director/Actor Tomas Ybarra Frausto National Association of Latino Arts and Culture - Arts Scholar and Consultant Economic Representation