Post Colonialism and Orientalism

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Post colonialism and Orientalism

Post = After
Colonialism = the process of one country inhabiting another usually instilling their norms and values into that society

Media
Edward said – American-Palestinian
Western media representations often contain a legacy of colonialism

Colonial ideology
-Superiority
-Racial prejudice
-Civilized

Edward Said On Orientalism:
‘Orientalism has some perspectives of Marxism, because Marxism argues that we have a small minority of power (promoting capitalism), The western media is presenting the Middle east in a way that is distorted and biased and is very much informed by our post-colonialism ideology’ - Everyone that is not in the west I seen as “Cultural others”. The Middle East is seen as one country, not a collection of countries, and all the countries within the Middle East are represented under one stereotype of violence. ‘the central argument of Orientalism is that where we get these ideas are not innocent or objective, but reflects interests. ‘Most newspapers aren’t independent, and instead follow the line of the government’ ‘The human side to the stories is rarely to be found’

‘Easy, automatic imagery of terror’

Axis of evil: is a term initially used by the former United States President Bush in his Address on January 29, 2002, and often repeated throughout his presidency, describing governments that he accused of helping terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction. Iran, Iraq and North Korea were portrayed by George W. Bush during the State of the Union as possessing nuclear weapons. The Axis of Evil was used to pinpoint these common enemies of the United States and ally the country in support of the war on terror. The term has stirred controversy, as it turned out Iraq never actually possessed any weapons of mass destruction. Nevertheless, "the Bush administration was undeterred by the paucity of evidence and the failure to find a nuclear weapons program or any weapons of mass...
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