Media and Stereotypes In the world we live in today, the world of judgments, the world of descriptions and images, the world where harmful stereotypes are conveyed through media. Stereotypes have first initiated when people started judging a whole nation or the majority according to the minority’s acts. It puts labels about how a person should act or live according to their gender, race, personality, and other facts. This could affect individuals who may possibly like different things or do different activities, but feel ashamed of doing so because of stereotypes. Moreover, stereotypes are the media predators that exist whether we’d like to admit it or not.
Proponents believe they when these specific races are being discriminated on media they should be more strict and have consequences for their actions but opponents believe when the public is being discriminated on media, it’s to show that these people are not great for the public, they might even include recent facts about how countries are being destroyed and there are killings by these specific race. I argue that racial discrimination on the media should be addressed more than it already is. I think this because hearing horrible news can cause poor mental and physical health. (“Trump is a Textbook Racist” - Jay A. Pearson) Minority races are still shown more negatively in media than white people. (“Disrupting Implicit Racial Bias and Other Forms of Discrimination to Improve Access Achievement, and Wellness for Students of Color” - David J. Johns) Also there are videos on media, about people getting verbally abused especially races that are constantly attacked.
Their livelihood, educational chances and every aspect of their lives are impacted through racism, ostracized, bias, prejudice. Such detrimental traits erode society as a whole. This may affect many generations, become complicated and an entrenched social issue, that is ingrained in the population 's psyche, and form parallel societies at odds with each other such as in the USA these days. “Some offensive remarks may, on the surface, appear harmless. But seemingly innocuous offences snowball into more pernicious forms.
Malcolm X (n.d) stated that media is a powerful creature; it has the power to manipulate the public opinion into making the innocent guilty and vice versa. This statement by Malcolm x shows how media has become very dangerous that it is able to control the minds of people especially teenagers. In fact, media has developed to be a way of living and has become inseparable to teenagers’ daily routine, resulting in a mass destruction and limitation for the human creativity. Media can affect adolescents’ life and behavior in various ways such as manipulating them, causing health issues, and leading to distraction from studying. Teenagers are manipulated unwillingly through advertisements, television programs, and celebrity gossip.
Negative stereotypes can have harmful consequences especially to teens or students. By stereotyping, we infer that a person has a whole range of characteristic and abilities that we assume all members of the group have. According to Blum(2004), Stereotypes are false or misleading generalizations about groups held in a manner that renders them largely, though not entirely, immune to counterevidence. In addition to, Aronson(1999) claimed that stereotypes affects people’s social lives,emotions, and how people interact with their environment. There are times people are not so open to the idea of meeting new people, and making new friends.
A moral panic is a feeling of fear that increases between a large number of individuals. The media describes them as “folk devils” a threat to the societies rule of conduct. The media also presents them in a negative way and over exaggerate the situation. The media make it a bigger issue than it seems in order to gain audiences and viewers .In accordance to Stanley Cohen a moral panic occurs when “ (a) condition, episode, person or group of person emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests.” Deviant behaviour between young people makes a “Moral Panic” between the younger generation They are also seen as moral social entrepreneurs as they are the ones
The terrorist attacks perpetrated in several European and neighboring countries over the past year have been the painful result of a most worrying trend: an increasing number of children and young people being drawn into extremist movements in their search for identity and a meaningful place in society. Profound feelings of injustice and frustration about their social exclusion are amongst the main root causes contributing to young people 's vulnerability, and increase their willingness to adhere to extremist, sometimes violent groups, which offer an apparent social purpose to them. Research on conflict and political violence indicates that young populations are more prone to conflict than older ones, and that youth are more likely to join radical organizations than adults. In discourse about countering terrorism, the term "radicalization" is widely used, but remains poorly defined. The concept of radicalization has gained significant currency among government officials, media practitioners, scholars, and security officials in discourses on terrorism and violent extremism, especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The society is a huge influence for stigmatisation and labelling. The social response attached to the individual will cause a change of attitude or behaviour towards another individual and a person’s self-concept. In the society, those that ranked lower in social standing, practices certain culture, race or with stigmatising conditions tend to be stereotyped, faces prejudices and labelling (Hall et al.,
Theoretical explanation of terrorism Terrorism and political violence theory In the book Political terrorism, Ted Gurr argues that terrorism is as a result of misery, frustration, grievances and despair due to the part played by both national and international politics economic and social situations. Political violence is a collective attack within a political community against a political regime (Gurr 1960). The perpetrators may include different political groups and the incumbents and policies. It also includes coups d’état revolutionalists and guerilla wars. Aggression is brought about by frustration among a group of people.
The feeling of a crisis existing is thus a reaction of anxiety and panic to cultural change. As Buchbinder says: “This usually alarming and undesired emotional response on the part of individuals is then projected outward as a generalized social response that redefines change as catastrophe” (2013, 6). This crisis therefore is seen as an individual threat to people’s identity. The definitions of what it takes to be ‘a real man’ are questioned more and more, pre-conceived notions of what masculinity means are continuously called into question. This blurring of boundaries and of what is assumed to be ‘natural’ thus constitutes a threat to the status quo and the binary structures of society.