Analyse how the Australian media ‘frames’ Muslims and constructs ‘The Other’.

Using the two readings from week 10, the article listed below, and Lecture 10 (or other lectures that you see as appropriate):

Analyse how the Australian media ‘frames’ Muslims and constructs ‘The Other’.

 

USE the following two readings from your Book of Readings:

 

-Phillips, Gail, ‘Reporting Diversity: The Representation of Ethnic Minorities in Australia’s Television Current Affairs Programs’ [online]. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No. 139, May 2011: 23-31.

 

-Rane, H. and Hersi, A., ‘Meaning of Integration in the Australian Press Coverage of Muslims: Implications for Social Inclusion and Exclusion’. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No. 142, February 2012: 135-147.

 

-McCosker, A., and Johns, A.., 2014, ‘Contested Publics: Racist Rants , Bystander Action and Social Media Acts Of Citizenship’. Media International Australia(8/1/07-Current) 151: 66-72. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 30 June 2015

 

-And the article:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/25/i-know-the-actions-of-isis-are-notinmyname-and-i-wont-be-pressured-to-apologise-for-them

 

In your answer to the question you need to:

 Demonstrate your understanding in relation to media framing.

 Demonstrate your understanding of the issues discussed in the readings in relation to minorities and the construction of ‘The Other’.

 Utilise the ideas from the readings and one reference from an appropriate lecture.  Use quotations sparingly to support your arguments. Please introduce the quotes and integrate them into your overall analysis and use proper referencing.

 Conclude by highlighting the ways the treatment of minorities in the media affects our perceptions of them.

 

PLEASE NOTE: In your answer avoid the usual arguments that ‘Australia is not a racist country’ and ‘Australians are not racists’. You are asked to analyse media texts and how these deal with the question of minorities and the construction of ‘the other.’ Please avoid going on the defensive or offensive using simplistic arguments.

 

 You do not need to use other readings to answer this question.

 

Word Length: 280 minimum 330 absolute maximum (references are not included in the word count)

Mark value: 10%

 

 

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