Media Framing Of Disadvantaged Groups

1560 WordsAug 29, 20147 Pages
Media Framing of Disadvantaged Groups Erin Peck COM 355 – Media and Society Colorado State University – Global Campus Eva Fisher August 27, 2014 Media Framing of Disadvantaged Groups Political ideologies are voiced, preached and discussed daily by various mass media outlets. Whether their headlines are worded to encourage certain perceptions or accusations, or if guest speakers are invited to share their opinions on a multitude of topics, mass media can more often than not set social agendas, encourage specific political and public opinions and reinforce stereotypes that surround certain disadvantaged groups. These actions can be created as a result of the media’s coverage, of lack thereof, of events and happenings and the wordage or context used to construct a story. When underprivileged or neglected groups are constantly portrayed a certain way in the media, public opinion can be swayed or altered to believe that those ideals can be applied to all individuals in that specific demographic. Media framing of disadvantaged groups can plague news stations and networks, causing a ripple of consequences for those being targeted. Production and Distribution of Media Content Whoever controls the politicians also controls the media. Contrary to popular belief, the politicians in office do not create political agendas; the lobbyists that buy them do. Thomas R. Dye, a political scientist, once said that politics is about battling over scarce governmental resources:
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