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By: Elaine Makas

In: Children & Television: Images in a Changing Sociocultural World

Chapter 18: Changing Channels: The Portrayal of People with Disabilities on Television

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Changing Channels: The Portrayal of People with Disabilities on Television
Changing channels: The portrayal of people with disabilities on television
ElaineMakas

Although we often refer to television as a “medium” (or as part of the collective “media”), we usually do not take into consideration the true meaning of this term—a meaning that may be particularly relevant to a discussion of the portrayal of people with disabilities on television. Webster defines medium as a “go-between” or a “channel of communication.” As such, the term can be applied to means of communication ranging from television, radio, and newspapers to psychic individuals who serve at seances as intermediaries between earthly beings and beings in the spirit world. Although the focus of this chapter, obviously, will be on a very technological ...

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