Honk against homophobia : rethinking relations between media and sexual minorities

Venzo, Paul and Hess, Kristy 2013, Honk against homophobia : rethinking relations between media and sexual minorities, Journal of homosexuality, vol. 60, no. 11, pp. 1539-1556, doi: 10.1080/00918369.2013.824318.

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Title Honk against homophobia : rethinking relations between media and sexual minorities
Author(s) Venzo, PaulORCID iD for Venzo, Paul orcid.org/0000-0002-3140-9832
Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy orcid.org/0000-0003-3027-7492
Journal name Journal of homosexuality
Volume number 60
Issue number 11
Start page 1539
End page 1556
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013-08-09
ISSN 0091-8369
1540-3602
Keyword(s) media
homophobia
sexual minorities
Summary The theory of “symbolic annihilation” or “symbolic violence” has been used in academic literature to describe the way in which sexual minorities have been ignored, trivialized, or condemned by the media. This article aims to de-center research from issues of media representation to consider the capacity for minority groups to proactively use new media and its various avenues for interactivity, social networking, and feedback to fight social exclusion. This work suggests that new media has become a space in which the nominally marginal in society may acquire “social artillery”—a term used to describe how sexual minorities utilize their expanding and more readily accessible social connections in digital space to combat instances of homophobia. The research draws on the results of an inquiry into the relation between media and a regional youth social justice group in Australia tackling homophobia. The research demonstrates that the group is becoming increasingly adept and comfortable with using a cross-section of media platforms to fulfill their own objectives, rather than seeing themselves as passive subjects of media representation. This article argues that this sets an example for other socially excluded groups looking to renegotiate their relation with the media in regional areas.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00918369.2013.824318
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
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