Archive for February, 2009

Reading Media Critically

Dominant world wide powers such as the USA have long standing histories of being intimating to other less powerful countries. Their reputation is not always seen in a positive light and many Americans seem dumbfounded as to why that may be. I personally feel that it is the failure of the media which has not provided the American people with accurate information; which in turn is the cause of such ignorance in the USA. I think the American people are good people and if they knew about the exploitation and oppression they have cause to other countries they would have not stood for it. The New providers such as CNN, FOX, CBC, NBC, ETC… Have not been conducting business appropriately and have failed to provide us with accurate information. While every country may be bias to their own, western countries have gone beyond preferential treatment. Their media representation on the war in Iraqi is unfair, distorted, and completely inaccurate. According the article, the medias take on the Iraqi war was a battle between “generous US army a group of primitive and insane Muslims bent on destroying all that was good in the world”.( Kincheloe 82) While this may be a bit extreme I believe their lies some truth in what was said. It portrays their actions in Iraq as being a form of kindness and compassion rather then selfishness and egoistical conduct. The American people see themselves as true heroes bringing prosperity and development to an undeveloped worlds. However, to the rest of the world they are nothing more then evil and scheming. The media has been irresponsible and insensitive in the way it has been performing over the past years.

Their insensitivity goes beyond their media coverage. I would even argue that American media in the twenty- first century is a form of colonialism. Its superficial and extravagant life styles makes others want to buy into the American life style. It gives the illusion of the American dream and a false hope for many people worldwide. It is for this reason that  Brand names such as MC Donald’s, Nike, Dior, along with T.V shows such as Americans next top model, who wants to be a millionaire and American idol have been influential globally. Other countries try to emulate the American culture making them vulnerable to identity lose much like what happened years ago with the colonialism of the Europeans. This in turn provides a vessel for American exploitation of poorer countries. Big corporations are robbing less developed countries of natural resources and abusing their human resources. For a country that’s described as “land of the free” whom has morality and positive values system, something seems to not add up. Good people and beautiful countries are being exploited, colonized, and taken advantage of and I think the American people don’t really know. The media needs to do a better job of informing its people, because the American people are good people they just don’t know any better.

Iraq War

What happens when America forces their culture on others


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