Muslims Media Stereotypes after 9/11
The tremendous growth in information technology has been welcomed globally as having created an avenue for globalization or a leap forward towards the realization of a global village. In particular, information technology has been very instrumental in connection governments with people, consumers and businesses as well as connecting different groups at different levels. Through such connection, it would be expected that ideas would be exchanged allowing for democratization through improved participation, openness, and enhanced freedom of expression. While such benefits are so easy to numerate, there are also some open and hidden negativities that if probed questions the viability of this technological platform to drive us towards full globalization and which puts to test virtues emancipating from continued growth in information technology (Severin, et al. 2002). For example, by virtue, internet commands a large number of audience prompting terrorists groups to use it in expanding their activities around the world. In this context, some people abuse the virtues and instead use information technology to cultivate subversive activities aimed at creating fear around the world. This is one media utterance that has permiated the public mind that people have started seeing Muslims as social misfits who are only out there to ruin the lives of non believers. The purpose of this paper is to highlight how media stereotyping specifically after the September 11 attack helped crucify the muslims and changed their image especially in the western world.
Since the September 11 attack on the US soil, several incidents have taken place in the country which presents a clear indication of public anger and hatred towards Muslims. Most Americans and other people around the globe have since become intorelant towards Islamic and Muslims in general. For example, when Islamic center was locked in a contraversy, thousands of people emerged on the streets protesting the construction of a mosque some meters away from Ground Zero. The story run in the media houses cnglomerated like never before. Questions as to whether Muslims should be allowed to build a mosque at that particular location or whether Muslims were anti-Americans were common headlines in the media houses (Severin, et al. 2002). Whereas others are allowed the freedom of worship inclu