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April 24, 2018 / C H Thompson

Media Representations of Ethnicity

  • In general:
  • Ethnic minorities are under-represented in senior positions such as CEOs and MPs – therefore ethnic minorities are filtered out from the public consciousness, creating a false consciousness regarding ethnicity
  • Ethnic minorities are underrepresented in lead roles in TV and film
  • Ethnic minority interests/issues are ghettoized in mainstream media
  • Media output is full of ethnic minorities in ‘softer’ programmes like sport, music and entertainment programmes rather than ‘hard’ programmes
  • In advertising, ethnic minorities are either not represented in adverts, or when they are, they’re unlikely to be given speaking parts
  • All the above is known as symbolic annihilation – where groups are underrepresented or omitted



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