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... Many scholars seem to believe that critiquing news representations is a "lost cause" because journalists can be biased, and news stories have the potential to spread stigma regarding people with disabilities (Hehir, 2002;Weeber, 1999;Goffman, 1963). Other scholars have focused on disability representations in film (Chivers & Marcotic, 2010;Ellis, 2006;Smit & Enns, 2001), art (Siebers, 2011;Millett-Gallant, 2010), public display/freak shows (Garland Thomson, 1996;Bogdan, 1990), photography (Hevey, 1992) or new media (Goggin & Newell, 2003). As a group of researchers in Canada and the USA, we have undertaken numerous content analyses of news media representations of disability. ...
... Many scholars seem to believe that critiquing news representations is a "lost cause" because journalists can be biased, and news stories have the potential to spread stigma regarding people with disabilities (Hehir, 2002;Weeber, 1999;Goffman, 1963). Other scholars have focused on disability representations in film (Chivers & Marcotic, 2010;Ellis, 2006;Smit & Enns, 2001), art (Siebers, 2011;Millett-Gallant, 2010), public display/freak shows (Garland Thomson, 1996;Bogdan, 1990), photography (Hevey, 1992) or new media (Goggin & Newell, 2003). As a group of researchers in Canada and the USA, we have undertaken numerous content analyses of news media representations of disability. ...
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