Lori Falce: Representation matters in media

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Representation is a word that gets a lot of heat and light these days. You hear it called out in good ways as more people are given more presence in our media and culture. There is greater representation of minorities in films and television than there ever has been before.
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Representation is a word that gets a lot of heat and light these days.

You hear it called out in good ways as more people are given more presence in our media and culture. There is greater representation of minorities in films and television than there ever has been before.

Big budget productions of Asian and Latinx and Black stories are being made and are proving to be in demand. Gay and trans characters are getting exposure. So are different religions and body shapes, giving us an on-screen or in-book world that is slowly coming to look more like the American demographic.

That is one kind of representation and it is important. There is another kind, however, and the more the stories are told, the more it hurts when people are left out of them.

The first representation is the story. The character. The audience and the media. But the second kind is the people telling the story. The actors or directors or writers involved, and those people are raising their voices as one kind of representation advances without the other.

Take Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights," which debuted in theaters in the spring. It…
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