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Images and Reality. Videotape and booklet International Broadcasting Trust in association with the British Film Institute Price: 15.99

British citizens of Third World origin are acutely aware of how they are portrayed on television. Too often they, or people of a similar racial or cultural background, are seen as shiftless, childlike and corrupt.

Images and Reality - a video pack for teacher INSET sessions and workshops - tackles these issues. While the video suggests how to explore images and ideas about Africa in geography, drama and media studies, the booklet looks at wider, media-linked matters.

Some of the material is excellent and there are good teaching tips and schemes of work. But the virtually exclusive concentration on Africa is troubling. An increasingly competitive television culture has turned despair, disaster, and eccentricity into news, whatever their origin.

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