My Ssec Capstone Project When it comes to mainstream media

When it comes to mainstream media

When it comes to mainstream media, the media has an essential role in representation and reporting specific issues. Its job is to profile people, but this can negatively affect certain groups of people. In America, 50 million Americans have a disability, but to the general public and academic scholars, disability issues do not have enough attention compared to other social minority groups in America. No media scholars asked people with disability about their opinions on media representations of their community or issues and how it affects them. Due to the lack of representation and profiling, this impacts the disabled community negatively and positively. The mainstream media should change its profiling of people with disabilities.
Stereotyping can lead to bias and assumptions about people with disabilities that is not accurate. A stereotype is a cognitive shortcut that allows our brains to judge based on visible characteristics and based on rumors, and anecdotes. It is also a set of beliefs that is incorrectly learned, over-generalized, or rigid. The media often repeats stereotypes to the public, which can lead to bias, be unfair, and can unintentionally keep qualifying people out of jobs. Stereotyping creates a person’s character for them; it takes away their right to make a first impression. It will cause them to lose a job when they never met the recruiter or earn a job when they never deserved it. The media reinforces stereotypes and how they present these stereotypes, people will adopt that stereotype. With the disabled community, the media often repeats stereotypes including the pitiable and pathetic, object of violence, sinister and evil, atmosphere development (tv shows and films), “super” cripple, object of ridicule, own worst and only enemy, burden, sexually abnormal, incapable of participating in society, and normal. The CDC states “People sometimes stereotype those with disabilities, assuming their quality of life is poor or that they are unhealthy because of their impairments ” (CDC). These stereotypes can have a negative psychological impact on these individuals. The media has a significant impact on society just by using stereotypes or even absolute terms.
How mainstream media defines or uses specific terms to describe people with disabilities can have a negative or positive impact on those individuals. In the disabled community, disability is an umbrella term. It is used to describe to anyone that has difficulty or a limitation; however, most people associate this term with being impaired, handicapped, spastic, idiot, and retarded. ” ‘Impairment’ refers to a defective limb, organ or mechanism of the body; ‘disability’ is the resulting lack of function, and ‘handicap’ denotes the limitations on daily living which result from disability ” (Barnes). These terms often turn into terms of abuse, resulting in society mistreating those individuals and often used interchangeably. Phrases such as ‘the impaired’, ‘the disabled’, ‘the handicapped’, ‘the blind’, ‘the deaf’, ‘the deaf and dumb’, and ‘the crippled’ dehumanizes and objectifies disabled people and even using emotive terms or his or her impairment as a label is highly offensive. Labels and offensive terms is a form of discrimination. How mainstream media use specific terms or phrases is essential to how society treats individuals as a result.