Images that Injure by Paul Lester, Susan Ross

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By Paul Lester, Susan Ross

Photographs That Injure offers an exam of a selected set of images that do damage to others,and in flip to we all. those images—media-promulgated stereotypes of assorted and numerous teams of people—cause damage in either direct and oblique methods through providing oversimplified, typically destructive, and sometimes misleading depictions. during this selection of new and revised essays, famous students discover the ways that those photographs are created, seen, and eventually ingrained into the yankee tradition, analyzing newspapers, books, motion pictures, ads, commercials,television indicates, magazines, and the net. teams as diversified as African-Americans, girls, the aged, the bodily disabled, gays and lesbians, and Jewish americans are thought of right here; additionally incorporated is a different part on post-9/11 stereotyping within the media.The particular examples awarded in those pages supply a wealth of fabric for college kids and pros in journalism, advertisements, public family, ethics, gender stories, and an exceptional many different fields. The authors supply considerate and artistic conclusions bearing on substitute representations—arguing that, opposite to what we would think, media stereotyping is hardly ever an important byproduct of mass tradition. ultimately, those discussions remove darkness from how each one of those media and every people separately and jointly perform a sea of that means that's at the same time own and social, distinct and shared, associated and self reliant.

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This page intentionally left blank Chapter 4 UNCONSCIOUS, UBIQUITOUS FRAMES Susan Dente Ross When a sympathetic protagonist declares sincerely, "I've been framed," in a popular television show or motion picture, we all know malevolent forces have conspired to misrepresent facts and falsify evidence to set the poor slob up as the fall guy. Evil forces acted maliciously and intentionally. The protagonist's dilemma is neither accidental nor inevitable. Often, our poor hero—and the evil forces fighting against her—is immediately recognizable to us.

Limited resources prevent the inclusion of images in this edition, so we have no examples to illustrate our discussions. Media, universities, governments, and individuals all seem to have decreasing resources and increased responsibilities and challenges. These pressures do not facilitate avoiding stereotypes and putting time and effort into the difficult task of producing accurate, insightful representations. Most of the control of resources and most of the executive power over image production is not 40 IMAGES THAT INJURE in the hands of those who directly make the images for media.

What journalists include—and what they exclude—in stories reflects their frame of what is newsworthy. Research suggests that media framing affects the mental constructs each of us carries around about the world. Media frames are particularly powerful when they relate to people, places, or issues about which we have no direct information. Media frames tend to be most influential when they provide a means for us to interpret and understand the unknown. The frames we encounter in media provide a template for our vision of the foreign, the marginal, the other.

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