HNRS 122 - Dr. Jamie Browning

Demanding to be Seen: Representation in Pop Culture

There is a long and painful history of marginalized people being misrepresented or not represented at all in pop culture. One response to this has been a focused demand for better representation. In the contemporary media environment, fans are empowered to communicate with producers of media. As we do, we increasingly demand to see more diverse characters, as well as more complex stories told about those characters. How have these interactions between artists and fans changed the media landscape? What successes have we seen in increasing representation, and what pitfalls have we faced?