When looking at this class, I initially thought we’d be talking a lot about the theories behind communication and why it is so necessary to have an open dialogue with other countries.
In fact, we do talk about that but only briefly. We talk much more about media and our perceptions of what’s happening and how the media shapes that.
I really like how Hafez addresses this in his article. When he talks about how sports are really a universal thing-minus curling (which, of course it isn’t…)- and garner more audience members than usual, I found myself nodding along. And with sports, even though commentators make a lot of money, the reason they probably do a lot better is because they are also a visual medium.
When thinking about this difference in reporting, then, it’s essential to remember the BBC. Even CNN as it is broadcast in the States is slightly more left. But the BBC prides itself on its neutrality especially when applied to international conflicts. To someone studying international communication, I hope to do the same. Why is it that prejudices have such prevalence in media, though? Nobody bats an eye anymore that Americans have several different news outlets, some known for bashing other Americans. It’s strange that while American media started out as a tool of public diplomacy, lately, it’s only the communication specialists who remember that…The rest just watch the same news outlets to get the watered-down or overly-fiery ‘news.’