Decoding Media Bias

Narrated by Caryn Franklin, Professor Keon West
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Pub Date 15 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 07 Mar 2023
W.F. Howes Ltd, WFH Original

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An Original Audiobook Production by W. F. Howes, written and presented by Caryn Franklin and Professor Keon West, with special guests.

How do news outlets choose which crimes to report on – and does it matter?

What do Disney films teach us about who is good and who is dangerous?

Can adverts really change how we think and behave?

Underpinning these questions looms the spectre of bias; the hidden force that frames our thinking and skews the facts. This provocative audio original will have you rethinking everything from pornography and pop music to children’s books and fashion.

Tackling the complex subject of bias head on, Skewed investigates the hidden messages we absorb from birth. Looking closely at what the research can tell us, Caryn Franklin and Professor Keon West explain how our inner worlds are shaped by false information, media trends, and the brain’s preference for patterns and stereotypes. Exploring biases around gender, sexuality, race, age and appearance, Caryn and Keon explain how bias impacts all of our lives.

Through conversations with a diverse range of voices - from cognitive psychologists to activists and entertainers – Caryn and Keon offer a vision for an alternative future; a world in which we recognise and manage bias, and one in which diversity and difference can truly flourish.

Guest interviews include campaigner and life coach Michelle Elman, author academic and drag artist Cheddar Gorgeous, creative director and campaigner Trevor Robinson, forensic psychologist Dr Dominic Willmott and many more.

About the authors:

Caryn Franklin and Professor Keon West are two friends, connecting across a number of divides to share their different perspectives and explore the topic of bias in an open and insightful way.

Caryn Franklin MBE, MSc (Psyche) MBPsS is a former fashion editor and prime-time BBC TV Clothes Show presenter. Former co-editor of i-D Magazine, Caryn is a multi-platform broadcaster, fashion and identity commentator and activist. Across four decades of practice Caryn has explored the politics of image and self-esteem through commercial, educational and activist positions.

Caryn sat on steering groups for two successive Government Ministers of Equality: Lynne Featherstone and Jo Swinson. Consulting with the Advertising Standards Authority, Caryn has helped overturn the objectification of women in advertising.

Professor Keon West is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and an expert on identity, prejudice, and representation. He has published over 60 empirical papers which have been cited over 1700 times in the wider scientific literature.

Keon has received numerous international awards for his research, teaching, media engagement, and social activism. He has also appeared several times in print, on radio and on television (including BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Channel 4, and the Discovery Channel) discussing his research and area of expertise. Keon grew up in Jamaica and came to the UK as a Rhodes Scholar in 2006 to do a doctorate in Social Psychology at Oxford University.

An Original Audiobook Production by W. F. Howes, written and presented by Caryn Franklin and Professor Keon West, with special guests.

How do news outlets choose which crimes to report on – and does...

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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781004095551
PRICE £16.89 (GBP)
DURATION 19 Hours, 30 Minutes

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Whilst I've given this book 5 stars I wish I could award it more. I absolutely loved it and have already been recommending away to anyone who'll listen!

The book tackles the media bias that we're all consciously or unconsciously being slowly warped by. I read a lot around misogyny and rape culture and the damage this does to women but I was really interested in the chapter regarding the portrayal of masculinity in the media as this is something I'm not as familiar with and is so damaging in different ways.

I love this book as I think that by becoming aware of how we are encouraged to look at any group in the 'other' category such as non-white, non-straight, non-young is the first step to start questioning the validity of these tropes. Then maybe we can look to form opinions based on fact rather than stereotypes.

I think the audiobook format is particularly suited to this book as there are interviews with different people however, I am super disappointed that this isn't listed as a book on goodreads. It is a shame as that is where I go or on Story Graph to record what I'm reading but also to publish the reviews. I would really like a platform to shout from the rooftops that this is a definite must read.

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A fabulous look at biases and how they influence us and create the unwritten rules of society. Authors' raw conversation takes the reader on a journey that allows self reflection of the influence of Disney to fashion and even wrinkles. Through the lense of bias, bigger topics are tackled including agism, racism, sexism, patriarchy, and rape myth.
Strong addition for school libraries 10+ and any secondary and higher ed curriculum exploring media bias.
#Skewedrethinkeverything by @Caryn_Franklin @ProfKeonWest

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A brilliant book fully extensive on the way media skews perceptions and perpetuates bias. As a media and film teacher, I have read a lot of work in this area, but it was great to have an updated version exploring contemporary case studies or discussions, or recent media issues. Coming off the back of reading Edward Enninful's autobiography, I loved the connection that Caryn Franklin had, and made the book even more worthy of listening to. Feels like an extended podcast and you can come in and out of different chapters.

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Discusses how bias sets in based on what we are exposed to. It’s an incredible listen(audio book) and really opens your eyes to subtle but HUGE influences all around us. From Disney to cheese adverts to the obvious media. I massively enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone.
It’s quite a lengthy read at times is quite detailed and I think some chapters could have been less heavy but ultimately loved it.

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Thanks to Net Galley for this audiobook. This book, while not perfect, as admitted but the writers, still earns five stars from me because it begins the conversation that we all need to have. The audio version, which has cut away interviews with experts and follow-up conversations with the writers makes this essentially an audio-documentary more than a book. I could easily design a whole class around this book.

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