University of Louisville Racism and Orientalism Role of Media Video Analysis
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REQUIRED TO WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR THE ASSIGNMENT:
You’ve watched the video in which Edward Said, the cultural critic who coined that term, expounded on the contours of what he means by orientalizing the other in various forms of representation. Your task in this assignment is not simply to summarize his definition as explained in the video and mentioned in some of our readings, but also to provide a thoughtful analysis of this concept based on your own experience as a media consumer and from your own vantage point.
Here are some questions to help you focus your analysis:
-What is the thesis of Said’s concept of Orientalism?
-How does it apply to media messages and racial/ethnic minorities?
-Can you think of specific examples of media representation of minorities that fit the charge Said makes that all representation is a fabrication based more on perception and less on reality?
-Are there any weaknesses in this concept today given the fact that media opportunities have grown so diverse and means of media production have become more accessible to ordinary people?
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