Week 3 Assignment
Reflections on Diversity in the Media
Michael N. Manneh
Dr. Jeannine Klein
September 19, 2011
The media often misrepresents a person, a people, a place, or an idea, and does so without hesitation. There are many methods and mediums the media uses to reach the great majority of the world. Whether it is by use of print, such as newspapers or magazines, or by broadcast, by means of television, radio and the internet, the media has a way of presenting information to suit its purpose, whatever that may be. Using a series of images and words of and about Latinos/Hispanics that were collected from the internet and newspapers, this essay will seek to reflect on the positive and negative connotations of these images and words.
Reflections on Diversity in the Media
What is the media? Is it more than our eyes and ears to the world? Is the media more than words and images on a screen meant to provide information? There are many definitions of what the media is and what purpose it serves. Regardless of these definitions, the fact remains that the media shapes the world. It has the capability to drive the world in whatever direction it so desires. The media has become a numbers game, driven by ratings and demographics, seeking to provide information of a shock value-centered subject matter, which will draw more viewers. As such, a story of a graphic or tragic nature would gain more viewers than one of a soft-hearted or positive, humane-centered story. Given these facts, it is a rarity to find a lead story that carries a positive vibe. These stories are usually given brief segments, usually no more than 2 to 3 minutes of spot-light time. The media often misrepresents a person, a people, a place, or an idea, and does so without hesitation. There are many methods and mediums the media uses to reach the great majority of the world. Whether it is by use of print, such as newspapers or magazines, or by broadcast, by means of television, radio and the internet, the media has a way of presenting information to suit its purpose, whatever that may be. “In the print media 90 percent of all world news comes from just a handful of powerful Western sources. Three agencies, Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France Presse dominate our foreign news. One is American, one is British and the other is French. Reuters and AP now make most of their huge profits selling financial and corporate information. Today their newsrooms are centers of the free market crusade. AP gets most of its funding from American clients and devotes most of its coverage to the United States.” (Pilger 1996) Given all of this information, it is no wonder that the media has difficulty in its representation of diversity, as many times different ethnic backgrounds are grossly misrepresented or deliberately depicted. One such ethnic group that has suffered at the hands of the media is the Latino/Hispanic community. Using a series of images and words that were collected from the internet and newspapers, this essay will seek to reflect on the positive and negative connotations of these images and words. Latinos have generally been negatively stereotyped in the media as poor, uneducated, lazy, and violent. Another popular representation of Latinos is that they have poor language skills, and that they are gang members, teen mothers, illegal immigrants, drug dealers and traffickers, and common criminals. When it comes to stereotyping Latinos, the media tends to translate everything negatively. Comfortable sexuality is labeled as prostitution; having a lot of kids is associated with being impoverished and acting assertive is viewed as ‘macho’. I would say, however, that without a doubt, the most overwhelming Latino representation in the media deals with immigration. With states such as Arizona and Georgia establishing immigration laws and (a) Latino Profiling Law(s) (specifically in Arizona), there has been a dramatic increase in...
Reflection on Diversity
Cultural Diversity in Professions
Sara Trovatore, MSW
February 03, 2014
Reflection on Diversity
The focus of this assignment is to explore a time when I felt like the “other”: invisible, excluded, or too visible. I will describe how I felt and what I learned from my experience of exclusion in the workplace. I will then connect my discussion to at least three concepts, examples, and /or quotes from the course readings or lecture.
I am currently employed by a Dialysis provider that has several contracts to provide Acute Hemo-dialysis treatments to patients in a hospital setting. I have a primary hospital location, but I also travel to other hospitals in the area. I enjoy this position for many reasons, one being that I have a lot of autonomy. Others and myself see working as an Acute Hemo-dialysis Nurse as a prestigious position.
Although I work alongside other Registered Nurses, as a contractor, most colleagues consider me the “other” RN. My contract status excludes me from all unit and daily hospital activities. I have adapted to this independent work environment. On occasion, the hospital is short on staff and requests my assistance. However, I am obligated to ensure I abide by the law and work regulations for my position and status.
In the performance of my daily duties, requests for services outside of my contract...
The purpose of this paper is to reflect upon the diverse experiences that I have had in my personal and professional life. Fortunately, I have had a large mix of diverse friends and experiences in my life. This paper will discuss those diversities as well as the plan to expand on my current knowledge.
Keywords: Diversity, culture, differences
Growing up I always had the opportunity to interact with diverse groups. My father is a retired master sergeant of the United States Army. He is African-American and was born and raised Baptist in Kentucky. He married my mother who is South Korean and Buddhist. I spent the first three years of my life living in South Korea where my father was stationed. We were able to interact with Americans and Koreans from all over. As a result, I spoke two different languages, learned two different customs, and best of all - I saw no racial issues amongst the people around me.
When we moved to the United States I started going to school and lived in an area that was also very diverse. There are two major military installations located in Savannah, GA as well large industries that draw people from all over the world. My classmates were from all different areas of the country as well as the world including India, South Africa, and even Kazakhstan. I believe that I was very fortunate to have a strong mix of diversity in my life...
Diversity Analysis Survey
American College of Education
Part 1: Diversity Self-Knowledge
I define diversity as what makes a person different and unique from others. The differences range from a person’s religious affiliation to their race and culture. Foster (2006) suggests that people tend to feel the need to categorize things, and to label everything with a name. Foster (2006) goes on to say that labeling things and people comes with many negative consequences. I feel the reason we, as a society, feel the need to categorize people is because we want to set an order to the world around us. By doing this, it allows us understand how and why certain people act and respond to different situations. The unfortunate part is that this type of reasoning does not allow for us to take into an account for a person’s uniqueness as an individual.
I do believe I am a unique and diverse person. I am an English speaking Caucasian male with a very gentle spirit. I am a patient person that is slow to speak and quick to listen. I have a high tolerance level, yet I do not accept excuses for low achievers. I am a Christian that loves the Lord with all my heart and know that I am making a difference here on Earth. I am a task oriented person and am project driven. I am a quick learner and am not afraid to jump into a task head first. I am an outdoorsman that enjoys hunting and fishing with my family,...
Topic: Diversity in the media: A comparative study of four major Telugu newspapers
The mass media are the windows which show us the society and reflect the society. But while the world has never been more connected like now,still millions of voices worldwide still go unheard as a result of poverty, social exclusion and political repression. Without the power to share information, some of the most critical news falls under the radar. Corruption and abuse go unreported, successes and innovation go unnoticed and the opinions of the majority remain undocumented.
Qualitative and exploratory in nature this study seeks to analyse the people whose voice is not properly represented by the media in particular print media. The minority people include socially disadvantaged sections, disabled people, elderly people, pensioners, internally displaced persons and sexual orientation section.
While India has a strong and active civil society, the media is still driven by the educated middle to upper classes. Those who are most vulnerable in society are also the least likely to report on their experiences. Slum dwellers, those from rural communities particularly women and girls, those with disabilities, and those from marginalised castes within Indian society are overlooked as sources, contributors and reporters. There is a perception that...
...MEDIA NEGATIVE ASPECT
Opening: Let me begin by stating that all in the world is not as you have been told. The old saying that "truth is stranger than fiction" couldn't be more accurate, for we have been deceived on such a grand scale that most would have a difficult time in comprehending the full extent.
The behind the scenes machinations of big money and politics are so well hidden from most of the population, that if people actually knew how things were really run, we would quite literally have a second revolution overnight. Henry Ford knew this well when he said, "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
Most people who read this might have a hard time fathoming how an entire nation could be so well deceived, but it's really not that hard when you understand the inner workings and hierarchy of an overly revered media in which we place our blind trust.
The truth is not as you know it. Our faith in the media myth has been our Achilles heel.
Many have realized long ago that our politicians will lie to us at the drop of a hat, but most have no clue that our news media lies and deceives us just as much, if not more so.
We have been deceived by our media to such an extent, mostly because people are too trusting of our news system. They very...
Designing a research project takes time, skill and knowledge. With Qualtrics survey software, we make the survey creation process easier, but still you may feel overwhelmed with the scope of your research project.
Here are 5 common errors in the research process.
1. Population Specification
This type of error occurs when the researcher selects an inappropriate population or universe from which to obtain data.
Example: Packaged goods manufacturers often conduct surveys of housewives, because they are easier to contact, and it is assumed they decide what is to be purchased and also do the actual purchasing. In this situation there often is population specification error. The husband may purchase a significant share of the packaged goods, and have significant direct and indirect influence over what is bought. For this reason, excluding husbands from samples may yield results targeted to the wrong audience.
Sampling error occurs when a probability sampling method is used to select a sample, but the resulting sample is not representative of the population concern. Unfortunately, some element of sampling error is unavoidable. This is accounted for in confidence intervals, assuming a probability sampling method is used.
Example: Suppose that we collected a random sample of 500 people from the general U.S. adult population to gauge their entertainment preferences. Then, upon analysis, found it to be composed of 70% females. This sample would not be...
...Module 2 Reflection Journal
Powell addresses a number of stereotypes and one of them is that women lack male characteristics, which are much appreciated in management. They are less aggressive and more compassionate, which make them not as valuable as men in managerial positions. Even though female leadership becomes more and more common in the world, women still have to prove that their really deserve to have those positions. Moreover, they have to cope with various attitudes concerning their behavior and decisions. Most of them are quite different from traditionally male, ambitious, self-confident, straightforward managers cultivated in the world. They are perceived as to be milder more compassionate, less solid in their opinions, weaker as personalities. Even though I do approve the increase of women in business and management, reading this book it has become clear to me that in some way my opinions and attitudes are affected by this old and very widespread stereotype about female and male roles at work.
This stereotype strongly influences my perception of diversity at work because it some way it shows that men are better at decision-making, planning, negotiations and management at all. Women receive the role of reformers, support and other roles, which are to follow someone at work. This stereotype also sends me back to the way of perceiving women as being weaker than men. Influenced by this stereotype, they are perceived as having less...
...through any media and regardless of frontiers – or in other words, “freedom of expression”. Based on the Article, the people have their own right of expression but still under such limitations due to the respect of morality, public order, and general welfare in a democratic society. The most common form of expressing the opinion can be seen on the media. There is a great task for the media to apply the principle of freedom of expression and at the same time ensuring the minority or the disadvantaged groups in their typical mass communication (Raboy, 2007).
In Canada, there is a show entitled “Little Mosque” that focuses on a small community of the Muslims living in a fictional rural Canadian town. The writer of the show aims to capture the picture of a diverse environment, highlighting the everyday life of the Muslims and their interaction with the non-Muslims. The exposure of the issue of diversity within and between generations, cultures, and communities became the attraction of the show. This portrayal of the show became popular not without the critics who commented on the show’s representation of the Muslims. The attention that gained by the show leads to a challenge in upholding the stereotypical representations. The only clear thing in the show is to address the issues of cultural diversity in the mainstream media as well as inspiring the new approaches to the...