There definitely is a misrepresentation often times and that says a lot considering how little people with disabilities are represented in the media. Disabilities is often thought of as only having missing limbs but disabilities includes hearing and speech disorders, mental health issues like autism, bipolar disorder and many more. People with mental health issues are often stereotyped as murderers further stigmatizing people battling with mental health issues. People with disabilities are not weak, fragile creatures that need to be protected from the world. They are human, they have strengths and weaknesses and can achieve anything. The best thing to do is understand the different disabilities and how that affects them individually. It's time media shows more diversity when showing/representing disabilities.
Yes media has a power to shape thoughts of its audiences specially electronic media and creates stereotypical images of physically disabled people by portraying them as a burden, embarrassing, evil, pitiable and pathetic characters also using them in charity advertisements... This stereotypical tagging actually limits their social and personal life.
It is true to say that the media is an extremely important part of our everyday life and as an industry has been critical in the dissemination of information to the mass population. However the influence that the media holds over society has not always been used to society's benefit, particularly in relation to disability, where the media has continued to add to the discrimination of disabled people. The media's contribution to disabled people's discrimination will be discussed through the following areas:
The media reinforcement of impairment and the use of the medical model of disability.
The media's creation and underpinning use of disabled stereotypes.
The role of media influences: media organisations and their employees, political agendas, the intended audience and current societal trends.
The use of images, language and terminology related to disability.
The under-representation of disabled people in the media.
The effect of media on disabled people.
It is true to say that the media is an extremely important part of our everyday life and as an industry has been critical in the dissemination of information to the mass population. However the influence that the media holds over society has not always been used to society's benefit, particularly in relation to disability, where the media has continued to add to the discrimination of disabled people
Most of the times you see anyone with either a physical disabilite or mental you just treat them different, because society just have a steryotipe, that you have to treat them different just because they are not like you. But have you ever think that they are may be smarter than you. For example people with Down's Syndrome they just focus like 10 times or more than you, that excess of intelligence have some complications but when its well used is just powerfull
Seriously, why do I need to explain this?
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Media is just portraying what actually is happening in our society. People with disabilities are considered as a embarrasment and misery for the family and society which i believe is very inhumane. Its time when we stop playing the blame game n take reslonsibilty for our actions. Media and society both need to work hand in hand to change the way physically disabled people are being treated. They are no less humans than we are. The western societies they even have olympics for disabled people PARALYMPICS . Society needs to accept the fact that didabled people are like us they just function abit differently than us.
Media is just reflecting what actually is happening in our society. Physically disabled people are considered as an object of misery and embarrasment which i believe is very inhumane. We should stop playing the blame game and actually take the responsibilty of our actions. Media is jus acting as a fuel to fire.