Glee, Breaking Bad, and Parenthood
Chapter 9. Series Finale: Changing Attitudes and Perceptions Through the Media
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Series Finale: Changing Attitudes and Perceptions Through the Media
According to Riley II (2005),
The portrayal of disability culture is the crucial barometer of much-needed social pressure to recognize that people with disabilities are no longer children in need of handouts. Equality in this case arises from a little less “special” treatment of heroic awe—which further estranges the person with a disability from others—and a little more straightforward marketing. (p. 19)
The significance of a statement like the one above reflects the importance of this study as the movement toward CDSE continues to grow and shape the way individuals approach disability as a social construct. As I conclude this theoretical analysis of how disability is represented on mainstream television, I (1) summarize the previous chapters, (2) emphasize areas of optimism in education and pedagogical studies that support the inclusion of differences, (3) speculate about future research, and (4) reaffirm the purpose of the book.
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My study started with an overarching research question/statement regarding the portrayal of youth with disability on television: Although historically television drama and situation comedies produced in the United States often have failed to acknowledge the complexity of the lives of individuals living with disability, over the last decade, some contemporary U.S. television programs such as Glee, Breaking Bad, and Parenthood have created more positive and nuanced representations of characters with both physical and...
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