Representations and Sterotypes
A couple of reminders about representations before we explore stereotypes
An important aspect of representations in media is that representations appear normal. When we see a representation of something or someone in the media they usually don’t appear to be constructed by a producer even though we know that they have been carefully constructed to be portrayed a specific way.
What is a stereotype?
Activities:Create a Venn Diagram of all the different cultural groups that we stereotype. Describe how each of your stereotypes have been represented in the media.
Stereotypes are a simple way of defining people and can be judgmental, exaggerated, negative or false. We have been presented with stereotypes most of our lives, as the media use them often in the representations they create.
This is because they are common images and we can recognise them (and their message) very quickly.