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Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World By Edward W. Said Luann Walther,

  • Title: Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World
  • Author: Edward W. Said Luann Walther
  • ISBN: 9780679758907
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center, the American news media have portrayed Islam as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most objecFrom the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center, the American news media have portrayed Islam as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most objective coverage of the Islamic world.
    Covering Islam How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center the American news media have portrayed Islam as a monolithic entity synonymous with terrorism and relig

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    1. Edward Said s writing, even if it s about a certain historical event written in a particular historical context something of which he himself is constantly aware , is timeless in the sense that he understands certain fundamental dynamics of human interaction and nature These dynamics include the relationship of knowledge to both interpretation and power, as well as the consistent human tendency to objectify that which is different from us, a phenomenon known as otherness to people like me, or as [...]

    2. After laying the ideological foundations of Orientalism and exploring its impact on Western policy and thought towards the Muslim peoples, Sa d here analyzes how these factors inform the press and how it transforms and warps reality in reporting If you wonder why CNN and Fox can continue to use falsehoods and slanderous stereotypes about arabs without barely any criticism in the rest of the mainstream media, you will not be disappointed It is interesting to note that in another recent book I rea [...]

    3. Excellent book that discusses how the media frames the Islamic tradition and creates authoritative voices who represent Islam on the airwaves or in print, but are not necessarily the authoritative voices.

    4. First published in 1981 and updated in 1997, Said s critique of the media s coverage of Islam, particularly in the Middle East, is a thought provoking challenge to any reader s perceptions of what is reported as news from that war torn part of the world Written before 9 11, subsequent military intervention in Afghanistan, and the current conflict in Iraq, the book s interpretation of events unfolding there the aftermath of the Islamic revolution in Iran are often prophetic An understanding of Is [...]

    5. Though overly polemical at points, this is still an informative book that takes much of Said s key ideas from Orientalism and applies them to media coverage of the Middle East and Islam, helping to problematize the oversimplified portrayals of both Many of his main arguments are pretty obvious to us now news stories often villainize Muslims but give a much needed historical backing to coverage of Islam before 9 11 I think that others I know my age tend to assume that many of our problems in esse [...]

    6. This book completely changed how I look at the headlines and news stories and reveals what a multi faceted racist conflation the word ISLAM is in the mouths of western journalists Also revealing is how much foreign policy is based on the shitty analysis of mis informed journalists.

    7. Much like in Noam Chomsky s Manufacturing Consent, the conclusions that Edward Said draws in Covering Islam should be no big shocker to anyone who thinks critically about how American media operate Simply put, racism and Islamophobia play a role in most media portrayals of the Islamic world, although not nearly as great a role as ignorance, laziness, arrogance, and the grand jump to conclusions Really, Said is doing the lord s work pointing out just how naked certain emperors really are.

    8. Sometimes a book points us inward, toward looking at how we think This is such a book.Many Muslim insurgents particularly the Taliban armed, trained, and bankrolled by the USA have now overrun the country Some of those earlier American trained guerrillas have turned up elsewhere.Islam s viciousness, its resolute war against modernity and liberal values, reaches across the oceans into the heart of the West in order to challenge, provoke and threatenThe entire factitious artificially created or de [...]

    9. This book did not really teach me anything new It was all about western conspiracy stories, i would not presume that it s not happening, the thing is i ve heard them so many times already There are many explanations for what s going on in the world and i need to hear something elaborate than just diabolizing a side or another As much as i m concerned, it was an okey read that illustrates some classic arab conclusions

    10. A book originally written in 1980 as a criticism of mass media and the academic experts on their covering of Islam Edward Said might as well have written this book today That is how good the book is, how accurate his analysis was, and how relevant his criticisms remain to this day.The relevance of all this to the present day politics, specifically in relations to mass media s portrayal of Islam and its subjects, being not only pre 911 but also from the early 1980s, was rather shocking A testamen [...]

    11. the title says it all but now another book is required to continue where the late Mr Said left off how readers viewers worldview built by these reportings color the rest of the coverage about the islamic world and another one how these reportings create self image of the muslim world some of which communities grow up with those news reports.

    12. This is an important book Actually, important today then when it was first published in 1981 My copy is the updated 97 edition, however It s important today because it directly addresses our current voguish blather thanks for the borrow, Arthur jr concerning the predominance of fake news in a forthright fashion well before the existence of Breitbart, HuffPo, or even the Internet The focus of media fraud in this book is not on the presidential election, or even American politics, but rather the [...]

    13. Said s book is a must read for the present moment Building off of his earlier works like Orientalism this book directly addresses the 1970s 1990s and the inheritances of Islamophobia that Said tracks back centuries before His basic argument that the concept of Islam is not a useful one to conceptualize the historical, social, economic, and political trajectories of the diverse factions of the Middle East still remains relevant the concept hollows out history, over generalizes, and projects our o [...]

    14. Edward Said has become one of my favorite non fiction authors He has style and he has important things to say This book should be dated, technically it was written published in 1981 and republished in 1997 with slight updates but it doesn t feel dated at all Said predicted the direction, or rather, he knew the direction in which the accumulated distrust and ignorance would push the world He showed that most of American and many of European scholars are simply incompetent to cover Islam they don [...]

    15. Highly recommend Said produces a brilliant, multi layered set of arguments about how corporate mass media, the university system, and their tight links to the US state help to disparage, other ize, and misrepresent Islam, Arabs, and Middle East residents to western observers These depictions, and the processes that create them, generate support for US imperialism and its ongoing wars of occupation in the Middle East.

    16. Well researched and balanced, feels relevant even after two decades Very easy to read, completed in one sitting.

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