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elf ([personal profile] elf) wrote in [community profile] debunkingxian2013-02-05 04:29 am
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Missing word

Do we have a label for "media doesn't bother reporting when the majority/dominant/privileged group is involved in a crime?" Or "media downplays affiliations to privileged group even when overwhelmingly obvious?"

California Preschool Closing After Alleged Sexual Activity Between Students

A Christian preschool was cited for sexual activity between the students and failure to provide adequate supervision. While school and church officials insisted that their religion has nothing to do with the several incidents of oral sex between students, at least one parent admits that his child is a sexual predator.

No, wait. That's not quite what happened. Nobody insisted that their religion has nothing to do with the incidents, because of course, nobody even MENTIONED the concept of religion connecting to four- and five-year-olds engaging in inappropriate sexual activities in a Lutheran church's preschool. However, the rest is accurate.

If this were a Muslim school, or a Buddhist school, or (eep) Pagan, the press would be *all over* the religious aspects... the headline would mention the religion, and the comments would be swarmed with "that's what happens when you let those immoral people have access to children."

So... do we have a word or phrase that covers a situation where people or the media only mention religion--or race, or sex, or orientation, and so on--when it's *not* part of the dominant group? This is a big part of how privilege reinforces itself: it's invisible because "normal" situations never mention whatever the default assumption is, and certainly don't call attention to it as potentially being connected to whatever's interesting or newsworthy about a story.
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[personal profile] pj 2013-02-05 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know any other word besides "privilege". Or the phrase "perpetrating privilege".
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[personal profile] pj 2013-02-05 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
We don't have a word. We need to coin a phrase like "media collusion perpetrating privilege" or MCPP. Or, the "Hearst Syndrome".
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[personal profile] vacillating 2013-02-05 04:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Invisibility of the majority situation, or invisibility of the accepted norm?

It reminds me of the way newspapers discuss 'the neighbour's wife' even when the male neighbour has no role in the story.
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[personal profile] pj 2013-02-05 05:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Maybe just switch of the phrasing then: norm invisibility; accepted norm invisibility; the invisible norm; the concealed advantage; the hidden advantage; the assumed credible bias < ---- okay, I went different way with the last one.
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[personal profile] adalger 2013-02-06 07:33 am (UTC)(link)
The "like-us" omission?

This facet of the story is a way in which the subject is like "us" (the privileged group, including the reporter) and therefore must be excluded from the discussion lest we find fault within ourselves.
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[personal profile] pj 2013-02-05 04:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, too bad. I was really liking Hearst Syndrome since it covered the differing types of media.

I don't know that there will be a suitable short phrase that conveys it all, but it would be good to have one.
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[personal profile] pauamma 2013-03-09 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I vaguely remember coming across a use of "whitewashing" that didn't seem to mean cover-up/censorship, but I can't recall the context. Nonetheless, would that work?