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Cultural Diversity in the Media
Journalism & Communication
Pages 9 (2259 words)
What role may a better understanding of history play in understanding media representations of diversity? History as Tool in Assessing Media Representations of Jews Understanding history, in particular reflecting on the lessons that it has taught us, is invaluable in making sense of the representations of diversity that media present to us…
This paper will take on two parts. The first part will reflect on the portrayal of Jews themselves in media representations of them in relation to the Holocaust, focusing on the wounds wracked by that painful chapter in world history and their responses towards it. It will essentially use history to understand emotion and identity. The second part will take on a more contemporary approach and will look at how Israel is being portrayed in the media today, under the current context of the Middle East Conflict between Israel and Palestine. It will essentially argue that not only is history per se important, but it is also important what kind of history, and there is a need to be critical of how history is framed and deployed. History as tool to understand emotion and identity in media Media representations of Jews particularly during the holocaust have always shown the Jews as filled with so much pain and tragedy. And indeed, it is difficult to understand this if one is not imbued with a historical context. To give an example, we turn to the movie “Forgiving Doctor Mengele”, which was released in 2006. ...
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