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|2003 ||Duck, JM, Lalonde, R and Weiss, D (2003) International images and mass media: The effects of media coverage on Canadians' perceptions of ethnic and race relations in Australia. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55 1: 15-23.|
Recently, there has been much speculation about the impact of international media coverage of Australia's position on Indigenous people, migrants and asylum seekers on other nations' images of Australia. In this experiment we examined whether there was any basis for such concerns by considering the short-term impact of negative TV coverage of Australians on Canadian viewers. A questionnaire provided baseline data on Canadian students' perceptions of Australians and Australian race relations. Four months later, the students were assigned to one of three conditions that varied media contact with Australians. Students viewed one of two television programs (about right-wing political independent, Pauline Hanson, and her emotive criticisms of Aborigines and Asian immigrants or about an ethnically-mixed group of young Australians and their positive sense of cultural identity), or they viewed no program (no contact control). Results indicated that both positive and negative media coverage of Australians affected Canadians' views of Australia in the short-term. In particular, negative coverage (of Hanson) promoted less favourable views of Australians and Australian race relations over time and relative to the positive media and no media control conditions. The media's role in shaping international images is discussed.
| Associate Professor Julie Duck|
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|Keywords: ||Psychology, Multidisciplinary, National Stereotypes, Attitudes, Impact, Television, Beliefs, Contact|