RE-IMAGING SOCIETY THROUGH FILMS FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: A LOOK AT THIRTY DAYS IN ATLANTA

Cecil Ozobeme
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Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2016 2(1), 11-17. Published: July 22, 2016


Abstract

The images of several facets of the Nigerian society have suffered terrible blows from the hands of many practitioners in the entertainment industry. The same goes for the content of many media products produced in Nigeria for global consumption. The Nigerian media and entertainers have fecundated the minds of outsiders with aberrant typologies of several Nigerian societies by constructing horrendous imagesof particular places in the jokes they make and the content of some media products. Unfortunately, these images or stereotypes coined from the way of life or culture of such places have far reaching consequences both economically and socially. This aberrant trend which has drawn the ire of residents of such places calls for change. This paper looks at how the media can correct this anomaly using the film "Thirty Days in Atlanta" as a case study. It goes on to prove that the culture or way of life or certain people can be positively utilized as source materials for media content without damaging the image of such places.