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  1. Introduction.
  2. Literature review.
    1. A teacher's editorial in The Herald.
    2. Media - strongest influence on how people feel towards other groups.
    3. Mediated images and messages.
  3. Methodology.
  4. Results/findings.
    1. The begining of the survey.
    2. The education level of respondents.
    3. Foreign students.
    4. The South.
  5. Discussion.
  6. Conclusion.

Media influences the way people think and behave. What media says about anyone/thing becomes the norm. It influences simple things such as what people talk about on their lunch breaks to more complex belief systems. Media frames depict people from geographic areas in stereotypical ways; this manipulates how people feel about the different areas. Media acts as an opinion leader. One region that media consumers have gained a negative opinion on because of media portrayal is the Midwest. Midwest states include Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. Midwesterners reported media portrays them as people with strong moral values, however, also as hillbillies?unintelligent and politically unaware. A quantitative survey designed to determine the accuracy of this theory is analyzed in this paper. The issue of a negative Midwestern reputation from media portrayal is important because non-Midwesterners have gained incorrect and discriminatory viewpoints of Midwesterners.

[...] A teacher's editorial in The Herald displayed concern with media portrayal of the school she teaches in influencing how the country feels about her students. She was furious that media shows her school in an inaccurate light. Just as Southerners are sometimes portrayed as slow, Midwesterners feel they are shown as ignorant hicks. Alarge portion of the Midwest is farmland. That does not equate with tractors and ?ain't?. Scholarly journals also discuss the issue of media's portrayal of the Midwest as inaccurate and unfounded. [...]


[...] Due to the media's constant inflow of stories portraying Midwesterners as politically unaware some individuals have taken on this prejudice and inaccurate view. III. Methodology The method used for this study was a survey. The survey was designed according to ethical standards. All respondents were guaranteed anonymity and participated on a volunteer basis. Participants were Boston University undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 17-24. Before conducting the survey on the sample frame, a group of five student participants were given the survey. [...]


[...] Midwesterners continue to compare themselves to the norm so media portrayal leads to offense. The most surprising data that contrasted the hypothesis was collected from international student respondents. They were unsure of intelligence of Midwesterners but in entirety affirmed their belief that people from the Midwest have low morality levels and extremely low political knowledge. Answers to the open-ended questions determined that foreign students equate war with low morality and political awareness. One international student suggested, ?people from the Midwest voted Bush back into office. [...]

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