ERIC Number: ED311972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-3
Reference Count: 0
The Image of the Other: Media Support for a Pluralistic Curriculum.
The integration of pluralism into the general education curriculum has long been a goal of the community college. The audiovisual resources of the college library can be particularly useful in examining and exploring other cultures, and in breaking down the barriers between members of one culture and "the other," that is, those on the other side of the artificial walls based on differences in race, sex, cultural background, age, and sexual preference. Audiovisual materials which document negative and/or stereotypical images of "the other" include: (1) the filmstrip, "The Distorted Image," which consists of a series of historic images from American newspapers, magazines, art objects, and ads from 1850 to 1922, showing how stereotyped images formed harmful popular views of Blacks, Italians, Jews, and others in the American consciousness; (2) the documentary, "Ethnic Notions," which shows how caricatures in art and film were used to create negative images of Blacks during the past 200 years; (3) "Rights and Reactions: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial," a videotape which presents footage from New York City Council hearings on a bill which proposed to eliminate discrimination in housing based on sexual preference; (4) the film, "Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women," which offers a visual synthesis of hundreds of ads and analyzes the psychology of advertisers' use of sex, myths, and stereotypes to sell products; and (5) the video, "Cold Water," which presents interviews with 13 Brown University students from 13 different countries discussing their images of Americans. A selected bibliography of films and videotapes related to the promotion of pluralism is appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Community College General Education Association (10th, New York, NY, November 2-3, 1989).