Edward Said: The politics of stereotypes in news

Think of 'Orientalism' as a lens. Use it when you read the media: Spot stereotypes. Decode fictions. Unlearn myths.

| Media, Television, Middle East, Racism, Democracy

Palestinian academic Edward Said’s (1935-2003) book Orientalism showed how the West had the power to represent the colonial "other" - while at once leaving them voiceless.

Sorious Samura who has narrated this video, produces journalism that does precisely what Orientalist narratives do not: in documentaries like Cry Freedom and Exodus from Africa, he has covered Africa from the inside, representing African voices and African perspectives.

Source: Al Jazeera

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