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Shattering Stereotypes: Media Images of Arabs

Program #SHAJ001. Recorded in Boulder, CO on January 26, 1993.

Popular depictions of Arabs range from a menacing Saddam Hussein to camel caravans and oil-rich sheikhs to the movie Aladdin. The World Trade Center bombing fills the news. Arab terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, we are informed, threaten Western civilization. There is a decisive connection between media representations and public attitudes. Repetitive distortions defame an entire group. History is replete with examples of the dangers of prejudice.

Speaker(s):

Jack Shaheen

Jack Shaheen is the author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. He's Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University and a former CBS News consultant on the Middle East. He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on media images of Arabs.

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