Beyond Representational Correctness: Rethinking Criticism of Popular Media

By Edward Schiappa

Representational correctness describes an implicit set of norms, together with accuracy, purity, and innocence, that consultant a lot of renowned media feedback. during this provocative publication, Edward Schiappa argues that representational correctness is unproductive, hostile to viewers learn, and customarily disconnected from suitable social mental or mass communique theories. interpreting criticisms of such tv exhibits as Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the instantly man, Schiappa argues that the norms of representational correctness may cause critics to overlook the confident paintings such exhibits practice in decreasing prejudice. He contends that too many critics specialize in remoted scenes or interactions that perpetuate a stereotype with out contemplating the bigger paintings that motion pictures and tv indicates can accomplish. Schiappa concludes that popular culture critics have to have interaction in additional viewers study, draw from proper examine in social psychology, compliment optimistic representations and programming, and advertise severe media literacy in either lecture room and public pedagogy.

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