Some BIG members met in the ICC with members of Hillel and Muslim Student Association for our first Specialty Dialogue. There were a bunch of new faces that I hope to see more of in the future.
We got to analyze all our favorite television shows as well as the many other forms of media that surround us constantly. I came away from the dialogue hopeful that media will (in the future) be in capable hands of people such as the lovely individuals who contributed to this dialogue.
Here were the questions
- What do you think of when someone says “religion and culture in the media?” News, TV shows, movies, social media, music?
- Do you see yourself represented in the media?
- What makes you identify with someone in the media? (gender, religion, personality, number of siblings, age, fashion sense…)
- Do you see people of your religion/culture in the media? Can you relate? Are they shown accurately? Are there biases? Are there stereotypes?
- Where do you think these biases/stereotypes come from? Hatred? Ignorance? A desire to make an entertaining program?
- Are people from a certain religion/culture usually portrayed in the same way over and over again?
- Are people from distinct religions/cultures being lumped into one other religion/culture?
- Do you think these portrayals in the media have an impact, positive or negative, in wider culture?
- How can our generation work together to make changes in the ways in which media negatively portrays/impacts people’s perception of religions and cultures?
With love (and monsters)