Media Representation Analysis

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The politics of representation encompass the way in which we, as a society, view the outside world. The media uses this as a way to form what can be a biased and most of the time a misinformed on race, culture, religion and as well as country. As media is a driving force of our everyday lives we often do not question it as it is seen as a reliable source. Leading sources such as Fox News have established a reputation in which viewers despite being extremely biased deem them believable. Representation is also seen in television shows and films, which also educate us in a sense but mostly stereotypically. These representations can leave negative connotations and even if minorities do speak up they are often ignored. The chosen example for this …show more content…
However, in episode 18 we meet Raja’s girlfriend Sadika who is Pakistani-American. It is interesting to note how the show takes a total of 18, that too the final, episodes to introduce another person of colour. It is also stereotypically due to an arranged marriage alliance which are prominent in South Asia. On one hand we have Raja who is still intact with his Pakistani roots whilst on the other we have Sadika who cannot comprehend them fully as she was born in America. Arranged marriages are often depicted as going against one’s will and to be very forceful. With the participation of Justin’s family we see that this is far from the usual portrayal in the media. America is said to be “enamored with the idea of a post-racial society” (Wolock, & Punathambekar, 2015, p. 676), yet in the show character’s find it difficult to understand customs different to their own. In the same episode, Sadika confesses to Raja about how she feels being Pakistani-American: “You have everything, but everyone can enjoy it but you.” This can describe the feelings of many Pakistani-American’s in the country, by speaking on a large platform we can allow for a voice to be …show more content…
Society may also have different perceptions of races due to their own experiences, which is also backed up by the representation in television shows (Greenberg, & Mastro, 2000). Following the World Trade Center attacks, the question amongst immigrants working in America rose. In episode six, Justin walks past the two high school bullies who dance around with masks on claiming that their jobs were being stolen by immigrants. This is then followed by Justin’s thoughts and which he says, “Maybe Raja did have a point about the importance about international brotherhood”. The question about immigrants working in other countries merely to survive is often met by negativity. Justin’s thought allows for the audience to really think about the politics behind America’s relations with other countries. Especially towards countries that practice Islam, people tend to let the media’s biased view cloud their judgement. Raja is seen by the students as simply someone who is there to take their opportunity of a job rather than the real fact of him being on an student exchange. Of course, with such representations on television, many are able to relate but yet in a sense other viewers may find it as justification for their biased

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