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and other perceptual filters (emotions and triggers). Secondly, this self-reflective model focuses on agency. (It asks: what can individuals and groups do to challenge injustice and inequality?)This frame- work needs continual re-evaluation of our own understanding of social problems and needs ongoing assessments of strategies used for social change. It emphasises how import it is to examine the historical context of:1.how social problems arise2.understanding how dominant political ideologies function(e.g., neoliberalism and neoconservatism) 3.understanding how social ideologies function (e.g., white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, heterosexism) When long held values and beliefs are questioned the result is tension one experiences when holding on to two conflicting beliefs or struggling with new information in light of old. Some people will accept new insights/information and re-evaluate their position, others will hold on to and defend their world views even though they are sexist or homophobic, or may respond defensively as they face that dissonance. Common defense reactions to dissonance are:1.Denial of the social problem2.False envy (there is failure in acknowledging that the dominant culture is so pervasive that it is invisible, the content of television shows, the timing of holidays, the historical perspective in textbooks, etc.)3.Rationalizing social problems by normalizing inequality4.Using a personal or religious principle to avoid deeper explorationThe downside of not being able to acknowledge privilege or deny discrimination and oppression is that it dehumanizes us as well as takes away our ability to have authentic relationships with others that are different from us. Our level of self- awareness and how we process information and insights will lead to many different outcomes for social action. If we are unable to Downloaded by Neel nick ([email protected])lOMoARcPSD|5922219
acknowledge privilege, or stop holding on to discriminatory views, our approach to social change is limited. We need to recognize our privileges and our social locations. CHAPTER 5: Media LiteracyWhen we hear the word media, a range of formats might come to mind. Media can refer to newspapers, the Internet, magazines, television shows, blogs, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, movies, advertisements, and so on. From the time we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, we are constantly surrounded by and engaging with different forms of media. However, the pervasiveness of the media means that we tend to take it for granted. We might assume, for example, that the news stories we consume are reliable sources of information about the world in which we live. We might dismiss advertisements as forms of media that affect other people, but not us. We might also think of social media technology as simply constituting a new way of sharing information and connecting with our friends.

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