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The Role of Orientalism Throughout the Years

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In the past, movies done by producers such as Jon Hall, Maria Montez, and Sabu, would the viewer believe that the Middle East was a magical place filled with gold, enchanting people, genies, and where basically your every fantasy would come true. In today’ s media, Muslims are basically two things: terrorists and fanatics. Every time a movie or an article is shown about Islam or the Middle East, it is accompanied by bloodshed and war. A place and people that you would only find in a place second to The orient has basically become the butt of every joke, it takes the blame for every bombing whether it is Islam related or not, the words on every person's mouth are either it must be Al Shabaab or Al Qaeda (two equally powerful Muslim terrorist groups), in the public’ s eye, no good could ever come from the Middle East. On the Oklahoma City Bomb, on the other hand, the following are reportings taken from the video transcript of Edward said: [CBS News]The attack on Oklahoma City appears to have a familiar (Media Education transcript pg.

11, www. mediaed. org)[CBS News Interview: Steve Emerson, Author]This was done with the intent to inflict as many casualties as possible. That is a Middle Eastern Trait. (Media Education transcript pg. 11, www. mediaed. org)This proves that in no way can the Middle East ever redeem itself. Even in some African countries where the ruler is Muslim, the world takes pity and does not help in any way for fear of any repercussions. The simplicity of the media that can call renowned Muslim or Middle eastern authors that are residing in United States to ask whether they have any ideas or inside information about a bombing, as it happened to Edward Said after the Oklahoma City bombing is an utterly uneducated move on the part of the media, and unfortunately, this reflects on the way of thinking of the American people in general. The response got from the media on the Oklahoma City bombing, with the immediate assumption that it had something to do with the Middle East makes one wonder: what has America done that if anything happened the first is the Middle East?

What makes America so afraid?

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  • Pages: 6 (1518 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Media
  • Level: Undergraduate
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