Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal

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Drugs in the Media: The Production of Hegemony


This essay critically examines how illegal drugs are represented throughout the media. It details the ways in which meanings about drugs are constructed in an attempt to make people conform to hegemonic ideals. Through examination of the different mediums and through consideration of those who control these outlets, this paper argues that the hegemonic ideals are made by promoting bias propaganda and education, misrepresenting information, censorship, and emphasizing the negative aspects of drug use. Finally, this paper addresses the negative implications of such representation.

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