Project Title: Evaluating Stereotypes of North Korea in the Media
BASIS Advisor: Dr. Brown
Internship Location: BASIS Independent Fremont
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Ashley Leyba
Recently, the media has become much more polarized, feeding sensational images to the public. This subsequently increases the trend of echo chambers, where people interact with media they agree with to reaffirm their own view and strengthen their convictions. This is especially prevalent in media about North Korea, where stereotypes cloud reporting and can create inaccuracies. Although past research has shown that these stereotypes exist, there is very little scholarship surrounding what the impact of these stereotypes is. Thus, my paper attempts to understand the stereotypes present in American media reporting on North Korea and their impact on people's perceptions.
AP Research: Conclusions, Discussions, and Further Steps
The results of this study suggest a few conclusions. First, and most predominantly, people internalize stereotypes from the media that they have read. The survey’s characterization responses shows very clearly that people have internalized views that they have read. The words that were the most commonly mentioned in the survey, such as “unstable”, “unpredictable”, and […]
AP Research: Final Results!
Demographics As for demographics, my survey data overwhelmingly skewed to California residents. This is primarily because I disseminated it across my circles and my friends circles, and I live in California. This is also a significant shortcoming in my research — ideally, more locations represented in order to increase statistical significance, as people from California […]
A tripartite methodology was utilized to evaluate the research question. Initially, there were plans to adapt a model of the Implicit Association Test which has been used to test implicit biases. However, this had a number of shortcomings — primarily, it was not easy to disseminate and I did not have the technical knowledge […]
In Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman write that, among the other functions of the media, that it “serve[s], and propagandize[s] on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them,” and that this serves a major purpose in defining “dominant ideologies.” This book was […]
AP Research: intro to my project!
Recently, there’s been a huge amount of attention devoted to North Korea and US relations – rightly so, as the foreign policy that the United States has used for so long in regards to North Korea is rapidly changing. Although “no sitting president had met a North Korean leader,” Donald Trump broke that precedent in […]