Media Representation Of Immigrants Reflect Group Prejudice Against Immigrant Population

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Media representation of immigrants reflect group prejudice against immigrant population - The media tends to represent groups of people in ways that are largely consistent with the broader society’s view of those groups. As such the media may represent a public face to the unfairness, concerned and worries of the general social group from whom the media expects to extract its funding. The social concerns of a particular era may be reflected in the prevailing themes in the media. As an example, during the cold war era, Russians were frequently portrayed in the media as authoritarian, aggressive and technologically advanced. These examples show how stereotypes can be both accurate (in part at least) and inaccurate. By and large, the Soviet Union did have a history of authoritarianism and aggressiveness, but with the end of the cold war proved to be economically and technologically struggling in comparison with market-economies of the west.
Given that American society is concerned with the uncertain about the role of immigration in the future, there is the risk that immigrants themselves may be portrayed in an unfairly negative way, reflecting these concerns and mixed feelings. Moreover, it is possible that media representation of immigrant groups may move beyond realistic description of actual group differences and extend to prejudice against immigrant groups that is reflective of social hostility toward these groups.
Common to all of these concerns is that these stereotypes…

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