The fuelling of Islamophobia through propagandistic and warmongering content in Western media

O'Brien, Conor (2016) The fuelling of Islamophobia through propagandistic and warmongering content in Western media. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The relationship between Islam and the media in the West has been turbulent in recent times, often resulting in conflict, be that on the pages of newspapers condemning an entire religion, or on the streets of busy cities as individuals retaliate, apparently in the name of their faith. This study scrutinizes the varying methods of propaganda and warmongering attitudes so commonly witnessed in Western media that contribute to ever-growing feelings of Islamophobia. By looking at the history of propaganda and the long-lasting connection, or disconnection, between the Orient and the Occident, as theorised in Edward Said’s Orientalism, this study attempts to establish how certain media outlets of today prevent such a relationship from improving. Through interview material, content analysis and in-depth look into the semantics used by the British press and American news television, conclusions are made about the role of popular media, with regards to fuelling anti-Islamic sentiment in society. The discussion then culminates in a case study, looking at the impact that the attacks of September 11th 2001 had on the representation of Islam in The Daily Telegraph, concluding that, like many other media outlets in the Western world over the past fifteen years, this event is often fore frontal in the discussion of Muslims in an Occidental society.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 15:00
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 15:00

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