Disability in Social Media
For this project, we will examine disability misrepresentation in the media–particularly social media and viral videos. Social media users share a multitude of feel-good videos that often sentimentalize the reality of disability and portray disabled people as objects of inspiration rather than full human beings. We aim to launch a digital video campaign that quantifies the variety and gauges the accuracy of disability representation as well as illustrates the range of effects of those portrayals. To accomplish this, we will perform research concerning the effects of misinformation, social media content and stereotypes on media audiences. Our poster will summarize our findings and give details about our digital video campaign.