News, Culture, and Media

There are two interesting concepts that arose in reading the articles for this week, and they are important to note in our understanding of how we take in news about the world. First off, the critique of Fractured Lands by Eric London addresses how the New York Times selectively chooses who to write about in their editorials and thus decides on one side of an opinion to represent an “all-encompassing view” as a media source. It is true that specific ideas that were formed about the way culture is defined in the ever-changing region of the Middle East have shaped Anderson’s view on the Middle East, and that US imperialism affects the way we perceive our notion of what aspects of a culture are important to people of that region. The ways in which people form their opinions are determined primarily through the ideas that are shared with them across the various sources that they are exposed to. The Westernized perspective of human rights and how to protect them really only reflect the values of those who are not accustomed to the ideals of anyone outside of the US. The second important topic to take into account from Marwan Kraidy’s Hybridity: Or the Cultural Logic of Globalization is that the migration of people to different countries and continents changes the way media and technology are interwoven in people’s lives, and therefore create a cultural hybridity that leads to different exchanges of ideas through different mediums, which bring into play the diversity and structure of an entire culture. Although other countries may not have the same level of diverse integration as the US, it is important to note the hybridization that occurs throughout time with the passing of different people into different regions. When various cultures merge together, they create a new type of understanding of values and human rights that affect the way the news represents the opinions of a whole group.

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3 thoughts on “News, Culture, and Media

  1. I had a similar reaction to this in reading these articles. I agree that the perspective other regions of the world have about the US is largely a product of the availability of a variety of media that is now accessible world-wide. This portrays America as a place that other nations should aspire to emulate, which is related to how positively American soldiers were received as they came to Iraq in 2003.

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  2. I thought that it was particularly interesting how you discussed the nature of hybridity to occur within cultures that are not as diverse as the United States. I think this fact is overlooked and a crucial component of understanding the perspective and state of the media we consume.

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  3. I like how you pointed out the relevance of how the media such as the New York Times selectively chooses what sides to tell in their articles. The media has great influence on people and their opinions so when they frame a topic in a specific way it will most likely urge it’s readers to agree with them. I learned in my PolySci class that the media is pretty much the fourth estate of government. It’s interesting to think of how much power the media has.

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