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Journalism & Communication
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Author’s Name Professor’s Name Subject/ Course Number Date Submitted How the East views the World: As reflected by media coverage of the war on Syria Media plays a big role on how the general public perceives what’s going on around them and around the world.
Fair and truthful broadcasting is ideal, however it can be difficult to attain, and to some extent, it is not yet realized because of certain restrictions imposed on the media practitioners either by the network themselves, by the government, or other institutions tasked to regulate it. How an issue is represented can affect the attitudes of the people and can be used as a tool for persuasion and/ or manipulation of views. Some of us here in the West have certain beliefs that were formed by the stereotypes presented to us on national TV and the news. Whenever we hear about the Middle East, especially for countries like Afganistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria (among others) we immediately think about war and we label certain Islamic nations as terrorists. These thoughts are very racist and our media are learning to take balanced views of the region so as not to do more damage on the reputation of the innocents, albeit slowly. We know how people in the Middle East are presented to us, but it is also important to learn how the West is represented to those in the Middle East. What image is the media painting in the minds of the common people with regards to the U.S. ...
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