All day today, the news will be showing clips of a horrific flashback. I know if the world could take back those images, and purge our memories of those graphic events, we would. The news will show those images, will play the accompanying audio, and will ask us to submit our views of the events. This morning, Boeing airlines released a commercial, not to encourage us to purchase anything but rather, to remind us that we must move forward, together:
While reading Carey’s ‘Cultural Approach to Communication,’ I was immediately struck by the way his words reflect what will happen today. He talks at length about how the way we intake the communication forms influences our world, and often, our culture. In my household, my parents usually watch BBC World and Pakistani Television (PTV). Their Pakistani friends only watch PTV, even after living in the States for so long. Here in DC, my roommates and I watched NBC this morning. Though all three news stations will undoubtedly mirror each other in some content areas, my world is coloured more by the American perspective than my parents’. To Carey, this analysis would make sense; he would probably say that we are intentionally creating those boundaries by adhering to our respective communication channels.
In my media writing course, we reflected on the coverage of the media in regards to 9/11. For many of us, the media is what never allowed us to forget the horrible, vivid images. Luckily, people like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are still around. It’s their unshaking belief in Muslims around the world that reminds me that not all non-Muslims hate us so, even though some awful people claimed they were following the beliefs of Islam. At 0:41 of this video2, Colbert shows the fallacy in blind hatred. And yet, sometimes, comedic support is not enough. After the horribly tragic events of 9/11, I remember watching, in horror, as some jackasses on Fox News talked about how terrible all Muslims are, and how they all planned this as some conspiracy. Well, I would never have conspired to such an act, and absolutely no member of my mosque would, either. We are Americans first, and Muslims second.