Let me be honest, I’m only halfway through reading Nick Couldry’s article ‘Constructing a digital story circle: digital infrastructure and mutual recognition’. But, I know what I want to research for Media, Audience & Place, therefore I will put digital pen to digital paper now, while I am still filled with the spirit.
As usual, in an effort to be reflexive in the foundation and inspiration for my research I will submit two examples if I may. Which will also start some sort of narrative.
John Pilger filmed a documentary called ‘The War Behind the War’. The documentary exemplifies how during the Iraq War the commercial media in the UK, USA and Australia was complicit in creating a false identity for the allied forces by reporting propaganda and censoring what information was broadcast to the public. So the media was framed in a way that was not objective or balanced. And we are still experiencing the fallout from that in the form of Islamophobia as we were not allowed to feel compassion for the Iraqi people, or to see them as human.
Of the many outcomes of this misinformation is cultural identities being changed or upheld in both a negative and positive capacity.
My Dad lives in Tennessee, so you can imagine that when I visit from Australia, I’m something of a novelty. When I would go to shop or talk to people on the street, after the shocked “Oh my God! Where are you from?” I informed them that I was from Australia (Austria? No Australia), I would immediately be greeted with “OH! Just like in Crocodile Dundee”, yeah.
The phenomenon that I’m steering towards is the ability of television, film and other medias to create identities globally, real or imagined.
The Research Proposal
Taking this idea of media creating identities and making it specific to minority identities. Using peoples memories I would like to create a story circle with people from different minority communities. Using their their memories and experience of media overtime to create a narrative on how the portrayal or absence portrayal off the minority group affects them. Nick Couldry explains how, ‘Three main dimensions of a digital storycircle are explored: multiplications, spatializations (or the building of narrative around sets of individual narratives), and habits of mutual recognition.’Couldry (2013, p.1) I will do this by also including the experiences and memories of members of the dominant culture in relation to the media’s portrayal of minority cultures.
As part of the narrative existing data, such as the research study quoted below, will be used to supplement my small research project. I’ll be sourcing other projects from around the world with larger sample sizes.
Research findings using college students’ perceptions have consistentlyshown that negative exposure to African American portrayals in the mediasignificantly influences the evaluations of African Americans in general (Ford,1997; Mastro, & Tropp, 2004; Power, Murphy, & Coover, 1996). Other res-earch has shown that Black depictions on television have an effect on view-ers of all ages and of all races (Bryant & Zillmann, 1994; Dates, 1980). Punyanunt-Carter (2008, p.242)