Disability and the Media: Prescriptions for Change

Disability and the Media: Prescriptions for Change

by Charles A. Riley II
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584654732

ISBN-13: 9781584654735

Pub. Date: 04/13/2005

Publisher: University Press of New England

"In the past decade, the mass media discovered disability. Yet depictions of disability have remained largely unchanged since the 1920s: Focusing almost exclusively on the medical aspect of injury or illness, the disability profile leads inevitably to an inspiring moment of "overcoming." According to Riley, this cliche plays well with a general audience, but such…  See more details below

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"In the past decade, the mass media discovered disability. Yet depictions of disability have remained largely unchanged since the 1920s: Focusing almost exclusively on the medical aspect of injury or illness, the disability profile leads inevitably to an inspiring moment of "overcoming." According to Riley, this cliche plays well with a general audience, but such narratives, driven by prejudice and pity, are deeply offensive to persons with disabilities. Equally important, misguided coverage has adverse effects on crucial aspects of public policy, such as employment, social services, and health care." Riley's inside investigation illuminates the extent of the problem while pinpointing how writers, editors, directors, producers, filmmakers, advertisers and the executives who give their marching orders go wrong, or occasionally get it right. Through a close analysis of the technical means of representation, in conjunction with the commentary of leading voices in the disability community, Riley guides future coverage to a more fair and accurate way of putting the disability story on screen or paper.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584654735
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
04/13/2005
Series:
Disability Library
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Heroes of Assimilation: Or How the Media Transform Disability
Whose Life Is It Anyway? The Use and Abuse of the Disability Memoir
Getting It on Paper: Revising the Disability Story for the Print Media
I'd Like to Thank the Academy: Losing Focus on Disability in Movies and Television
And Here's the Pitch: How Advertising Uses Disability
Milestones, Mixed Messages, and Missed Opportunities: The Unfinished Business of the Disability Media
WE: The Short Happy Life of an Independent Magazine
"On the Web We're All Equal": And Other Myths about Disability and Multimedia
Appendix A: Guidelines for Portraying People with Disabilities in the Media
Appendix B: Guidelines for Web Accessibility
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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