The Representation of Persons with Disabilities in Indonesian Reality Shows

Angeline Anggalimea, Myrtati D. Artaria

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People in society often stigmatise minorities, for example people with disabilities (PWD). Unfortunately, the media institutions perpetuate the stigma through impressions of reality that seem to reflect the PWD real life. In this article, we examined the representation of PWDs on reality shows in Indonesia, namely “Mikrofon Pelunas Hutang” and “Minta Tolong New Season”. We used semiotic analysis by John Fiske through looking at the depiction of PWDs in those reality shows. The data analysis involves looking at the three processes of the representation, which consist of: at the level of reality, the level of representation, and the ideological level. The conclusion is that those two shows often portrayed PWDs as weak and helpless people.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpowerment and Impairment in the Global Digital Age
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Contemporary Social and Political Affairs (ICoCSPA 2018)


  • persons with disabilities
  • stigma
  • reality show
  • Indonesia


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