Media's Role In Framing Homelessness
The media is a powerful tool. More powerful even than an army in many cases because regimes can only infiltrate a war zone. Reporters, on the other hand, have the power to infiltrate the mind.
Vulnerable minds are everywhere. Not only are they open to negative subliminal messages, but they’re also often unaware of the fact they’re receiving them. Furthermore, recent research proves when it comes to homelessness, public perception is intrinsically tied to government action and available resources. As such, negative catchphrases have long fuelled the false narratives some politicians use to build a growing opposition to homeless people, rather than homelessness.
For as long as homelessness has existed, negative terminology that fosters a sense of justification for perceiving and portraying homeless people in a negative light has been prevalent.