Misrepresentation In Media In The Media

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By definition, a gender gap is the discrepancy of status, opportunities, and attitudes between men and women. The perception one has alters behavior and emotion toward ethnic groups, pressing topics, religion, and even government stance. Misrepresentation in media is partially the blame for the gender gap between minority and the majority ethnic groups in the United States. According to Gershon Dublon and Joseph A. Paradiso, authors of “Extra Sensory Perception,” individuals perception can be altered by “electronic sensors” including telephones, televisions, and cameras (38). Each component listed is a key factor in media production and distribution. Hispanics make up 17.8 percent of the United States population, but during a six-month period in 2009 only 2.9 percent of news coverage referenced Hispanics (United States Census Bureau). Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor at Columbia University, claims in “Attitudes Toward Muslim Women in the West,” that media representation or…show more content…
Media reform refers to the attempt to rehabilitate mass media towards an agenda which is more agreeable with the public and away from bias toward politics and ethnic groups. In order to decrease media discrimination and bias, government officials should implement punishment for those guilty of libel and slander. The widely accepted stereotypes of Hispanic Americans have not been proven to be true, therefore stereotypes of Hispanics are false, and as evidence has shown is detrimental to their reputation and character. Possible recipients of punishment can possibly face fines or job loss, for this will greatly decrease the amount of media misrepresentation due to fear of conviction. Although media censorship and reform could attract backlash, the harmful effects of media bias is much greater, and without action will continue and potentially
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