Representation of Disability Achievements in Television Talk Show Programs

Retno Manuhoro Setyowati, Errika Dwi Setya Watie, Ami Saptiyono


This study looks at how the disability presented in television talk shows program. It’s important because the diffables in the media are often presented biased, causing misunderstandings. This can have an impact on the fulfillment of their rights by the government and also their social position. The use of representation theory to explain the process of media representation and interpret audience concepts using language. The analysis of research uses the Saussure semiotic method, because representation is closely related to the appearance of images, and other components, which are interrelated between markers and marked ones. The results showed that the media still placed disability as an object of inspiration, an object of pity should get a lot of appreciation in sports matches because of physical limitations. The media quickly found momentum to 'sell' disability stories that inspire. Achievement of disabilities is always related to money, not based on their rights.


Representation, Disability, Talk Show, Television

Full Text:



Anonymous. (2019). International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Retrieved August 20, 2019, from World Health Organization website:

Baskin, A. (2006). Jurnalistik Televisi Teori dan Praktik. Bandung: Simbiosa Rekatama Media.

Bungin, B. (2012). Penelitian Kualitatif Komunikasi,Ekonomi, Kebijakan Publik, dan Ilmu Sosial Lainnya. Jaka: Kencana Prenada Media Group.

Hall, S. (1997). Theory of Representation. London: Sage Publications.

Hunt, P. (1966). STIGMA The Experience of Disability. London: GEOFFREY CHAPMAN.

Moeloeng, L. J. (2017). Metodologi Penelitian Kualitatif (Edisi Revisi). Bandung: Remaja Rosdakarya.

Nurcahya, H. R., Hafiar, H., & Nugraha, A. R. (2018). Representation of Orientalism in Sunsilk Print Advertising. Jurnal The Messenger, 10(2), 150–161.

Salim, I. (2018). Membaca Data Disabilitas Iindonesia Melalui Supas 2015: ‘Penyandang disabilitas’ atau ‘Orang Dengan Beragam Kesulitan’? Retrieved March 11, 2019, from 26 February 2018 website:

Saussure, F. De. (1966). Course in General Linguistics (C. Bally, A. Sechehaye, & W. Baskin, Eds.). New York: Mc Graw-Hill.

Sobur, A. (2009). Analisis Teks Media. Bandung: Remaja Rosdakarya.

Sobur, A. (2011). Psikologi Umum. Bandung: Pustaka Setia.

Sobur, A. (2016). Semiotika Komunikasi (6th ed.). bandung: Remaja Rosdakarya.

Sugiyono. (2009). Memahami Penelitian Kualitatif. Bandung: Alfabeta.

Syahputra, I. (2013). Rezim media: pergulatan demokrasi, jurnalisme, dan infotainment dalam industri televisi. Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.

TED. (2014). I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | Stella Young. Retrieved March 11, 2019, from 9 June 2014 website:

Thaniago, R. (2018). Bolehkah Saya Menjumpai Difabel di Media Dengan Layak? Retrieved March 11, 2019, from 12 December 2018 website:

Trans 7 Official. (2018). Hebat! Atlet Catur Tunanetra Raih 3 Emas | HITAM PUTIH (16/10/18). Retrieved from Youtube website:

Watie, E. D. S. (2010). Representasi Wanita Dalam Media Massa Masa Kini. Jurnal The Messenger, 2(2), 1–10.

Wood, L. (2014). Critical Analysis: Media Representation of Disability. Retrieved March 11, 2019, from 2014 website:

Zhang, L., & Haller, B. (2013). “Consuming Image: How Mass Media Impact the Identity of People with Disabilities.” Communication Quarterly, 61(3), 319–334.



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2020 Jurnal The Messenger

View My Stats [Jurnal The Messenger] is an International Scientific Journal, Published by the Department of Communication, FTIK, Universitas Semarang (Central Java, Indonesia). It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.