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Struggle Street: poverty porn?

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Dole bludgers, welfare cheats, housos, druggos - really?

SBS's series Struggle Street tracks the travails of a group of families living in public housing in the Western Sydney suburb of Mt Druitt. The producers filmed over six months, and the publicity material describes the result as “uncensored, unfiltered, raw, confronting ... honest ... heart-warming and inspiring."

Even before the series started, the mayor of Blacktown launched an online petition against its screening because he regards the representation of his community as ‘trash reality TV’. A group of Blacktown garbage trucks then blockaded SBS’s headquarters.

At issue here is how poverty and hardship are represented in the media, and how people receiving welfare support get reported on. Are such depictions unrepresentative? Do they amount to 'poverty porn'?

Period7/05/2015

Dole bludgers, welfare cheats, housos, druggos - really?

SBS's series Struggle Street tracks the travails of a group of families living in public housing in the Western Sydney suburb of Mt Druitt. The producers filmed over six months, and the publicity material describes the result as “uncensored, unfiltered, raw, confronting ... honest ... heart-warming and inspiring."

Even before the series started, the mayor of Blacktown launched an online petition against its screening because he regards the representation of his community as ‘trash reality TV’. A group of Blacktown garbage trucks then blockaded SBS’s headquarters.

At issue here is how poverty and hardship are represented in the media, and how people receiving welfare support get reported on. Are such depictions unrepresentative? Do they amount to 'poverty porn'?

References

TitleStruggle Street: poverty porn?
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletABC Radio
Media typeRadio
Duration/Length/Size60 minutes
CountryAustralia
Date7/05/15
PersonsTracey Jensen