posted on Feb, 8 2006 @ 06:17 AM
I couldn't agree more on your observation. I'd like to add some of my own thoughts on that.
As an individual who lives in a country where we get to observe both the Western and the Arab press, I see the same sort of generalizations practiced
by both sides.
In the west, the media often reports terrorist acts perpetrated by so-called muslims. The unspoken yet clear assertion is that muslims are terrorists.
Meanwhile, in the Arab countries, the potrayal is that the west are controlled by Zionists. The assertion is that Jews are Zionists. The difference
however is that the western press are more subtle than their outspoken Arab counterpart.
Both are incorrect, and they illustrate the role the media plays in the perception of the masses. This is dangerous, as it leads to people from both
spheres to make broad sweeping generalizations -- in the west it is muslims are terrorists and intolerant of other cultures while in the Arab world
the west are Jewish Zionist controlled puppets.
The weak-minded from either culture will accept these facts without resistance. After all, it is so much easier to accept the media lies than to make
their own impartial observations. Compound this with the fact that the actions of both sides seem to confirm the others' own prejudice -- the acts of
Arab extremists confirming the assertion that muslims are intolerant terrorists and the west's apparant double-standards when dealing with Jewish and
Israeli issues confirming the idea that the west are Jewish-Zionist puppets.
If headway is to be made in mending relations between the two, the press from both sides have to stop their bias and slant in matters pertaining to
the other. This will not make the problem go away immediately, for both sides have been conditioned for years into this sort of stereotypical
thinking. But eventually progress will be made.
In my country for example, the media has long stopped potraying the west as puppets to the Zionists, and the results can be seen in our indifference
to the media slant from both sides. Indifference may seem like a bad thing, but if it halts bigotted thinking, then it's not so bad. At the very
least we don't practice double-think.
For example, we see the war in Iraq as bad, but we also see these terrorist actions or the violent riots as equally deplorable. The lack of media bias
on both these issues as they are reported here allows us to see the true reality of both issues -- that violence does not solve anything.
I am not calling for the people to be more politically correct here. I am simply calling for both sides to stop prejudging the other, to see that
violence only begets more violence. That very very rarely does violence solve anything.
If the media, from both sides can stop their slanted reporting, and if both sides can stop prejudging the other, all of mankind can make some real
progress in the social arena.