Bias in the Media Some may ask “How does the media show bias?” Bias in the media is very prominent these days. When an editor feels like one topic is more important than another, that editor may make a specific article in a newspaper, online editorial, a blog or others seem more important. Bias in the media can come in many ways, such as layout, photos and point of view. Contrary to some people’s beliefs, bias is not always an easy thing to detect. Some are better than others at detecting it, while some are blind to the bias and will believe whatever they read online, in a newspaper, etc. But what is one way to detect if something shows bias? Well, first, check the layout. “When it comes to printed news, the front page trumps all…” (Duzzet). This is a way to detect if the media you are reading is biased or not. Of course, it could just be that the news is actually more important than the other news that is in the smaller print. An example of this would be, say, the NSA invading peoples’ privacy rights, as opposed to a stray dog being saved. Both are interesting to some people, but most people would like to see the NSA story more, so they put that in front. This can be abused, however. Let’s say editor of the newspaper you are reading was paid by someone to keep the article in question lower priority than other current news. This might result in the newspaper coming out with the story of a stray dog being rescued in the headlines, while the NSA story is in smaller print near the bottom of the page. That would be showing bias because the editor feels like you do not need to see other news first, therefore making you read the “bigger” articles first. “…the stories easiest to see are the ones that will be forefront in the mind of the public…” (Duzzet). This is true, as well. The layout of the article in question directly relates to what the readers think about when they are reading it. Let’s say you see an article heading that says “26 orphans left stranded”. While reading the article about the orphans, you are thinking/waiting to read about them being stranded. However, if the article’s name was “26 orphans left stranded start doing parkour”, even if the article has nothing to do with parkour, the reader is waiting for the orphans to start doing flips off of walls and whatnot. Layout is a very prominent way to show bias, but it is not the only way to show it. Photos in the media are also a way to show bias that is very common in the current day and age. If a photo is taken by one photographer and not edited, and then the same photo is edited by a biased editor, the message that comes across in the photo would be very different. A common term for photos that have been tampered with, either positively or negatively, is the term “shopped.” This could mean the photo was changed to make it look more aesthetically pleasing, and it could also mean the photo was taken out of proportion and made to look like it means something that the original photo did not mean. An example of a photo that might be edited and biased is of a person in the military. If an editor for a newspaper, online blog or another news source finds it and edits it, it will come out differently. Let’s say that an anti-war editor finds it. He may use Photoshop to edit this photo to make it look like it is in a bad light. However, if the editor is pro-war, he may glorify the photo by making it look nice. If an unbiased editor finds it, the photo may be either not “shopped” at all, or it may be “touched up”, such as making the light brighter, clearing up blurs, etc. This shows how important bias is in photos. The general public usually believes what they see. If they see a photo that an editor “shopped”, it may make the public believe differently than what the photo is actually showing. Photos can show different points of view, as well. Bias in point of view is the media’s downfall. Since the public usually believes what they read, if the media shows any sort…
Special Education and NCLB
I am particularly interested in special education. I feel that students who require special instructions are increasing on a daily basis; therefore, special education should be given much emphasis and consideration. I relation to this, I think that one of the first issues to address is how special education students are tested? Are these tests reliable?
As part of the NCLB Act, every student is required to undergo standardized testing. However, as an educator, I feel…
assessments and interventions used in early childhood special education while transitional programs are often used for older special needs students. Each special education student has a unique case and a unique need. Teachers must work to create the best teaching environment for each student.
There are many different types of developmental disabilities and are often diagnosed in young children. A student first receives a referral for special education services by a parent or teacher. The referral…
Special Populations Paper
May 24, 2012
Special Populations Paper
This paper will discuss various populations of people with special needs and the role of the case manager with regard to helping individuals live more productive lives in terms of coping with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities. Additionally, the paper will focus on materials researched to help the case manager direct the special needs of clients with disabilities as well as the personal attributes that…
What is special education? Special Education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students' individual differences and needs. It is not hard to identify a person with special needs.” They may have been diagnosed with a genetic condition that is associated with mental retardation, may have various forms of brain damage, may have a developmental disorder, may have visual or hearing disabilities, or other disabilities.”(Goodman, & Libby, 1990). I have worked…
Proposal-Special Education Process 1
Running Head: RESEARCH PROPOSAL-SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS
Culturally, Linguistically, and Ability Diverse Families’
Experience with the Special Education Process
Mona M Assaf
George Mason University
EDUC 893-Fall 2008
Research Proposal-Special Education Process 2
Educational research has long documented the over representation of culturally,
linguistically, and ability diverse (CLAD) children in special education…
Elective Geography - Special Interest Report
The 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
Will Brazil’s current social issues impact the economic success of upcoming sporting events?
The current social issues occurring within Brazil will negatively impact the financial prosperity of the forthcoming 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Sporting controversies in Brazil are supposed to be about team selections, tactics…
I think Special Education and Early Interventional are important in education because they help children out a lot with school and graduating and it makes the children feel important and like they actually matter and can graduate. Special Education services are very different in today’s society, and are especially different from the Special Education my parents and family grew up with. The field as a whole has changed, as well as requiring educators to make the shift. It has also let the children…
Especially students who have special education; they get affected the most. Mainstreaming is effecting all students with learning disabilities and who learn in a different way. Students with disabilities in American school districts are all being affected by mainstreaming. Mainstreaming is the “the practice of educating students with special needs in regular classes during specific time periods based on their skill” (Jeanne, L.H.). There are many different views on special education and arguments for…
Aaron Wilmett has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for more than 30 years. He has coached eight sports and has received multiple accolades for his philanthropic endeavors with Special Olympics Michigan. Coaching Special Olympics basketball has allowed Wilmett to help his athletes gain confidence, while learning the details of the sport. In high school, Wilmett began his relationship with Special Olympics Michigan and volunteered at a variety of events. This made him wonder how he could…