10 thoughts on “ ➪ Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World Author Edward W. Said – Buyphenergan500.us

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    500 500 3.5

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    Edward Said s writing, even if it s about a certain historical event written in a particular historical context something of which he himself is constantly aware , is timeless in the sense that he understands certain fundamental dynamics of human interaction and nature These dynamics include the relationship of knowledge to both interpretation and power, as well as the consistent human tendency to objectify that which is different from us, a phenomenon known as otherness to people like me, or as Orientalism to people who ve lived from Said s perspective So the fact that Said is writing in 1980 about the Iranian hostage crisis before its conclusion is irrelevant to the larger point he is trying to make about human relations In addition to, and despite the historical contextual nature of the writing, Said still manages to give us valuable insights into the nature of Western Islamic relations itself a problematic term in its overgeneralization today For example, Said states in the concluding pages that negative images of Islam are very much prevalent than any others, and that such images correspond not to what Islam is , but to what prominent sectors of a particular s...

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    After laying the ideological foundations of Orientalism and exploring its impact on Western policy and thought towards the Muslim peoples, Sa d here analyzes how these factors inform the press and how it transforms and warps reality in reporting If you wonder why CNN and Fox can continue to use falsehoods and slanderous stereotypes about arabs without barely any criticism in the rest of the mainstream media, you will not be disappointed It is interesting to note that in another recent book I read, An Army at Dawn, Churchill s aim during WW II was to maintain the British Empire following the defeat of Germany and how he omitted revealing true casualty numbers and atrocities committed by Allied forces in the Africa campaign and presumably beyond and this book from 1981 cle...

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    Excellent book that discusses how the media frames the Islamic tradition and creates authoritative voices who represent Islam on the airwaves or in print, but are not necessarily the authoritative voices.

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    The first edition of this book was written during the Iranian Revolution, so the majority of the incidents discussed refer to that or the oil shock of the 70s I read the second edition that was published during the 90s, so it also includes some incidents from the 80s and the Gulf War Despite its age, a lot of the points made about the way that Muslims are framed in the media are still valid, if not so There...

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    First published in 1981 and updated in 1997, Said s critique of the media s coverage of Islam, particularly in the Middle East, is a thought provoking challenge to any reader s perceptions of what is reported as news from that war torn part of the world Written before 9 11, subsequent military intervention in Afghanistan, and the current conflict in Iraq, the book s interpretation of events unfolding there the aftermath of the Islamic revolution in Iran are often prophetic An understanding of Islam based solely on Western interest, he argues, will lead to further and protracted conflict rather than resolution of differences.Despite a carping tone that becomes irritating and a tendency to make its points with a thoroughness that seems like overkill, the book throws a searching light on how Islam is represented by news gatherers, experts, and policy makers Emphasis on violence, anti American rhetoric, and resistance to modernization, for example, belie the fact that there is not a single monolithic Islam but many Islams and that what news organizations perpetuate is an undifferentiated form of cultural stereotyping as if it were sufficient to say about the Dutch that they all wear wooden shoes.Said s arguments are often dismissed for reasons that may have some validity as a Palestinian American, his sympathies are clearly not pro Israeli , but readers can benefit nonetheless from his contra...

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