This article is not great journalism, but it does the job of reporting the newsworthy story. One of the major problems I have with the story is the title itself. This is an example of an unconscious steroetype that is used by the author. The title makes it sound as if black men as a whole say that doctor's visits are often a bad experience. In order for that to be true, there would need to be a large majority of a massive study group reporting those claims. The study from this article was based only on 105 men all in the state of Michigan. The author should not have deceived readers with the title he used and used the small group of men to generalize for black men as a whole which is not a good idea in journalism. However, the ... More »
After going over this article for a second time and reading other reviews posted about it, I still believe that the article lacks significant data and background to qualify as good journalism. The frame of this article is more thematic and societal as it looks at a broad subject that covers race and gender, but is an issue throughout our society. This is shown as the author claims that African-American men avoid going to the doctor because their visits are often stressful, a problem ... More »
Based upon a recent study at the University of Michigan, African American men have been avoiding going to the doctor because they often find visits "stressful and unhelpful". Men studied commented on the tone their physicians used with them, feeling more as though they were receiving orders rather than genuine advice and care. Primarily, this article addresses the fault lines of race and gender. It touches upon geography as research was conducted in three communities with large black populations. Personally, I feel this issue needs to be brought to the attention of medical providers everywhere. In the United States, African-American men die an average of seven years earlier than men of other ethnic groups, and are more likely ... More »
This article directly confronts stereotypes, starting with the first sentence: "We tend to think they don't want to go, when in fact it's because they don't have positive experiences." African Americans are more prone to chronic disease, and a factor in that is the lack of/infrequent visits to the doctor's office; however, this article presents research that counters typical stereotypes with conclusions from the African American population, "They felt they were getting orders from ... More »
This isn't the greatest article. It does address and important social issue though. I think it confronts stereotypes against both African Americans and white doctors alike. In the second paragraph the author tells us "we tend to think they don't want to go (to the doctor), when in fact its because they don't have positive experiences". I think its important as a society to address this issue and explore why it is they are having negative experiences there. I also think it would ... More »
No, this is not good journalism because the data that they have only pertains to the state of Michigan. When they use race it covers all of the world, and there were only 105 subjects who were questioned which raises the question if this is a problem with the doctors in Michigan. If there were millions of people who felt the same way them maybe the title would make sense, but since its only a 105 people that took place in the study i don't think the title fits. If anything it should read "Some men say Doctor's Visits Are Often a Bad Experience."
I think that this article confronts stereotypes because in the article they talk about how they did a survey on black men and how majority of the men said that that they don't like going to see the doctor. African Americans are already know to not go to the doctor and the reason that these men don't go is because of how the doctor respond and talk to the patients. They are trying to fix the way that they talk to the patients as noted in the end of the article:
Researchers are ... More »
This article is not very well-researched, nor is their enough data or statistics provided to ground the story. The fault lines that this article focuses on are race and gender, and specifically how black men do not feel that they are treated well by their doctors. While this is an interesting premise, there were only 105 men surveyed in one state, three cities in Michigan. While this does show that there might be discrepancies towards black men in this specific area, the breadth of the title of the article and what it is implying is not factual or well-researched, andProxy-Connection: keep-alive
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Within this story, the story is framed so that the responsibility lies within the doctors themselves. The article explains that the patients "knew they needed to lose weight" and "change their eating habits" before they visited the doctor, they just needed help and guidance in doing that, and the doctors seemed to let them down by being condescending and unapproachable. The framing matters in this story because it is largely about the negative experience that black men face when ... More »
This article directly confronts a stereotype African Americans face. Though many believe that African Americans don't go to the doctor's office because they are lazy, but in reality, many Africa Americans claim that they do not receive good treatment or instead have a bad experience when visiting the doctors. Though many of these men want to lead healthier lives, they are unable to because they face major health insurance obstacles. The article goes on to say that African American men die an average of seven years earlier than men of other ethnic groups--mostly because conditions and diseases they are suffering from are left undiagnosed. This is very disheartening because if African American men did not have such bad experiences ... More »
This article confronts stereotypes head on. It does this by addressing the issue and plainly stating that black men are less inclined to go to the doctor as they feel they are being ordered to do something rather than guided back to good health. Many black men understand their health issues and want the doctor to provide them with ideas and tips on how to get better rather than rash stereotypical judgments.