Media And Islamophobia

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“The Western society, terrorism has come to saturate virtually every area of life and it is now a central element of contemporary culture”1. Well the reason why terrorism has become very popular is because it excites, attracts, and frightens us as consumers and citizen2 . However, before the 1960’s there had been only a few counter-terrorism law or public safety measures. No films or television programs, and few mentions in the news media about terrorism3. Some point to the 9/11 attacks as the reason why people are focused on terrorism but according to Ross the link between terrorism and media helps us understand this obsessing between the United States citizen and terrorism4. Chermak points out that mass media are the primary vehicle, which…show more content…
Bleich points out that no one can really define or began to understand the term Islamophobia17. Bleich does his best to develop a definition of Islamophobia that can be useful but not discriminate the Muslims at the same time. Bleich proposes that Islamophobia can best be understood as indiscriminate negative attitudes or emotions directed at Islam or Muslims18. Whatever the definition may be the fact remains that Islamophobia began to emerge immediately after the 9/11 attacks. Why is that? Can one argue that the Americans caused Islamophobia and not by the Muslims before the 9/11…show more content…
However, Choma, Charlesford, Dalling, and Smith 's article argue against that. They point out that the 9/11 attacks produced several mental health consequences, acute stress, and distress-related symptoms20. They think Islamophobia is really a mental issue instead of a prejudice one. That the fears of 9/11 not Muslims or Islam gave rise to Islamophobia. To them the 9/11 attacks were a form of collective tragedies. They point out that “collective tragedies are associated with adverse effects on mental and physical health as well as sociopolitical attitudes including prejudice”21.But author Stephen Schwartz argues that, “Islamophobia has gained a stable but a small audience since 9/11”22. Imhuff and Recker propose that the term Islamophobia should be replaced with
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