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Febraury 26 Media representation

Febraury 26 Media representation - • “the terrorists...

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Media representation: Arabs and U.S. policy & “The Propaganda Model” 26 February 2008
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Media as symbolic resource Arab media stereotypes “Oh, I come from a land From a far away place Where the caravan camels roam. Where they cut off your ear If they don’t like your face It’s barbaric, but hey, its home!” Original lyrics from Disney’s movie “Aladdin”. Italicized lyrics were changed after pressure from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination committee
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Constructing an Enemy Mobilizing pop culture portrayals What images used? What “cultural artifacts” are drawn upon? Common Enemy: a distraction Negative anticipation, Assigning Blame, Identification with evil, zero-sum thinking, stereotyping/de-individualization, Refusal of empathy
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George W. Bush “Our freedom is under attack” “Evil-doers” “We make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them”
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Unformatted text preview: • “the terrorists may burrow deeper into caves…” • “Why do they hate us?” Planet of the arabs • Negative imagery/stereotypes in media – All have guns – Turbans – Trying to get American women/oversexed – Demasculinated – All terrorists – Dehumanized image bank of arabs – Too rich and stupid to know the value of money – incompetent A resource for the real world • Media as symbolic repertoire • Narratives have power over policy imagination • Can be appropriated; mobilized • Representation has political implications The propaganda model (what people say about it) • Media as anti-democratic • Based a view of “the masses” and “elites” • De-centralized “non-conspiratorial” control • Media are embedded in a market system and dependent on the government • Filters: Advertising, Sourcing, Flak, and Anti-Communism...
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  • Spring '08
  • hayden
  • propaganda model, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, caravan camels roam, terrorists Dehumanized image

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