For those of us in the West, it can be hard to understand exactly what is happening in a culture that often feels very distant from ours, one centered so geographically far from us. We see the nightly news, we read headlines (like Newsweek’s “Muslim Rage”) and we wonder exactly who are the people raging, and against whom?
By the looks of the media, Muslim people everywhere must be stewing in hate toward the West—and yet many of us know in our hearts and minds that is not true. Perhaps we know it because we have Muslim friends and neighbors, perhaps we know it because we are educated about the ways in which the media can sometimes manipulate the truth, create scare tactics, and offer a biased perspective on subjects in order to capitalize upon fears already at work within the public consciousness.
In order to make sense of it and help people navigate the media, Avaaz.org has a quick and easy page full of information that they’ve called “The One Thing Everyone Should Read on ‘Muslim Rage'”. Check it out and the let us know what you think, and how it affected you.
What do you think? Has the media blown “Muslim Rage” out of proportion, creating an even deeper culture of anti-Islamic sentiment in the West?
What do you think of the “Muslim Rage” trope in the media?
How about Avaaz.org’s coverage of “Muslim Rage”and their efforts to explain the truth behind the media firestorm surrounding “The Innocence of Muslims” and the tragic and devastating death of Ambassador Stevens and others in the aftermath?