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The Queering of The Media

Media is a mirror of societies cultural values and institutions , having the power to change our understanding of the world . Portraying different minority groups in the media increases society’s knowledge of said groups. Improved knowledge decreases the fear and hate that arises from ignorance . The idea of accurate representations in the media, thus, is vital for any minority group, impacting on how the group is perceived and accepted by society. In this essay I will follow how the shifting portrayals of Gay, Lesbian and Queer (GLQ) people are paralleled by changes in society, demonstrating clearly the significance of visibility to minority groups. I will, further, show that while visibility has increased drastically from the beginning of the 20th century, media portrayals of GLQ people remain narrow, not accurately reflecting the diversity of society today.
Television and film define a viewer’s sense of normality . Whether one ascribes to a bottom up (society dictates media content), a top down (media content dictates the desires of society) or a mixture of the two, media canno…

 

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