Indigenous People And The Media

1499 WordsMay 8, 20176 Pages
Indigenous Studies is a very interesting unit as I am able to learn and discover more in depth about Indigenous People. However, the lecture that got me into deep thoughts was on Indigenous People and the Media. I kept asking myself; why do we view people that way? Why is it we change impressions when it’s a different race to ours? Now thinking back, I’ve come to realise that media has a big influence to our everyday lives. Indigenous Australians in media are not highly recognised for positive news. The way the media interprets sources of information about the Indigenous Peoples has change the views on what we think of them. Now this has become a huge effect on the Indigenous Peoples as it lead to stereotyping, racism and discrimination.…show more content…
Mainstream media tends to focus on the negative side about Indigenous Peoples like the ‘problems’ and the relationship between the Indigenous Peoples and the public (McCallum, & Waller, 2013). Educational systems are the same, as the students learn more on the negative history of the Indigenous Peoples instead of the contemporary arts and performances of Aboriginal history. This leads to the view of many Indigenous children feeling outcast as people stereotype on their race when they don’t (Salote Bovoro, 2008, citied in Korff, 2016). We cannot deny that everyone stereotypes, including myself but I have become more aware that I should think before I do or say something. I was taught in previous years that I should ask myself, what if someone said that to you, how would you feel? That’s the same with Indigenous Peoples, they don’t want to be treated that way because yes, everyone is different, but we don’t need to point it out and criticise about it. RACISM/DISCRIMINATION As the unit is about Indigenous Peoples, people thinks that this is the most sensitive topic as people tend to think before they say something, unlike how they describe people who are the same as them. During the lecture on ‘People and Media’, it was a discussion where we were to describe the picture that is shown to us. For the first half, it showed pictures of the everyday lifestyle of ordinary Non-Indigenous People, whilst the other half were the Indigenous
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