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By Evelyn Alsultany

After September 11, there has been a rise in either the occurrence of hate crimes and govt regulations that special Arabs and Muslims and the proliferation of sympathetic portrayals of Arabs and Muslims within the U.S. media. Arabs and Muslims within the Media examines this paradox and investigates the rise of sympathetic photographs of “the enemy” in the course of the conflict on Terror.

 

Evelyn Alsultany explains new regular in racial and cultural representations emerged out of the multicultural circulation of the Nineteen Nineties that includes balancing a unfavourable illustration with a favorable one, what she refers to as “simplified complicated representations.” This has intended that if the storyline of a television drama or movie represents an Arab or Muslim as a terrorist, then the storyline additionally incorporates a “positive” illustration of an Arab, Muslim, Arab American, or Muslim American to offset the capability stereotype.  examining how television dramas similar to West Wing, The Practice, 24, Threat Matrix, The Agency, Navy NCIS, and Sleeper Cell, news-reporting, and non-profit advertisements have represented Arabs, Muslims, Arab american citizens, and Muslim americans throughout the conflict on Terror, this ebook demonstrates how extra assorted representations don't in themselves clear up the matter of racial stereotyping and the way even probably confident photographs can produce meanings which can justify exclusion and inequality.

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Culture. So if TV shows are responding to broader cultural trends, what about the flipside: how is the broader culture responding to them? To what extent do simplified complex representations influence viewer responses? What do TV critics and viewers say about portrayals of Arabs and Muslims? The range of critiques offered by film and television critics tends to fall along ideological lines. Yet, surprisingly, the differentiation is not that drastic. S. national security. Political liberals, or those on the left, tend to acknowledge Sleeper Cell’s attempt to offer alternative representations of Muslims but nevertheless criticize it for being pedantic.

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