Part of being media literate is to recognize when the stereotypes enter your head space

Keywords: feature , media education , media literacy , orson welles , pictures in our head , stereotypes , walter lippman , war of the worlds

Psychologists sometimes call them “schema.” They are also known as constructs, hypotheses, expectations, organizing principles, frames, scripts, plans, prototypes, or even (this one from psychology) “implication molecules”. Walter Lippmann called them “stereotypes.” And so all of us have schema- these shorthands of memory that make us understand things as they are!  When we see bricks stacked in a certain manner, we perceive a house, we see wood put together in certain form we perceive a chair or a table. Our past experiences with life and its processes build our schema over a period of time. While the advantages are apparent, what concerns us is the blindness these schema produce. The moment these schema become a part of collective memory they form stereotypes and slowly the stereotypes create a narrative that is difficult to break.

https://archanarsingh.wordpress.com/2020/09/29/pictures-in-our-heads-recognize-them

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