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Jack Shaheen’s In Search of the Arabs Jack Shaheen’s In Search of the Arabs examines how American television alters the views of the Middle East and the Arab people. “This book reflects man’s quest for fair play, not for a single group of misunderstood and seriously misrepresented human beings, but for all men and women, of all ethnic and religious backgrounds, everywhere.” (Shaheen, 4) He states that this book is not just written for the Arab people, but for people all over the world that are not portrayed correctly. Shaheen has documented nearly 200 episodes of popular entertainment programs from TV since the 1975 television season for this analysis. He came to conclude that TV perpetuates four basic myths about Arabs: they are all wealthy, barbaric and uncultured, sex maniacs and they revel in acts of terrorism. This led Shaheen to find the source of the problem which he concluded was the television executives. Shaheen characterizes all the stereotypes and common images portrayed of Arabs into “The Instant TV Arab Kit”. These stereotypes included the most common and sometimes the only image that people knew of Arabs. For example, belly dancer outfits,
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