Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens

Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens : America, Islam and the War of Ideas

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There exists today a tragic rift between Americans and the world's Muslims. Yet in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, there was widespread sympathy for the US throughout the Muslim world. This book explores what happened. It examines the disconnect that leads Americans and Muslims to view the same words and images in fundamentally different ways. Partly a result of a centuries-old 'us' against 'them' dichotomy, the problem is exacerbated by an increasingly polarised media and by leaders on both sides who either don't understand or don't care what impact their words and policies have in the world at large.Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens argues that the Arab media revolution and the rise of 'patriot-journalists' in the US marginalised voices of moderation, distorting perceptions on both sides of the divide with potentially disastrous results.
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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 30mm | 521.64g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0745324185
  • 9780745324180

About Lawrence Pintak

Lawrence Pintak is a lecturer in Communication and Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a veteran of 30 years in journalism on four continents. He has reported for many of the world's leading news organisations and served as a newspaper editor. Pintak covered the birth of modern Islamic terrorism as the CBS News Middle East correspondent in the 1980s, revisited in Seeds of Hate: How America's Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad (Pluto Press, 2003). More recently, he has reported on Indonesia and the rise of political Islam for ABC News and The San Francisco Chronicle.
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'An acute, informed and timely insight into colliding worlds of perception which dominate the global agenda' -- Jim Muir, Middle East correspondent for the BBC and others 'Pintak combines the keen eye of an experienced journalist with [a] sharp intellect. [He] is not afraid to demolish entrenched mythologies' -- Hisham Melhem, Washington correspondent, an-Nahar newspaper (Lebanon) and host, Al-Arabiya TV's Across the Ocean 'A compelling and long-needed work' -- Charles A. Krohn, Former Deputy Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Army 'This fine book should stimulate some much-needed thinking about the dangers the US public and policy makers face because of their simplistic world view' -- Philip Seib, Lucius W. Nieman Professor of Journalism, Marquette University; author of Beyond the Front Lines: How the News Media Cover a World Shaped by War.
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Table of contents


Introduction: Worldview, Identity and the Other

Section I: Foundations of the Relationship

1. In the Eye of the Beholder

2. U.S. Coverage of Islam

3. The Arab and Muslim Media

Section II: The Framing of an Era

4. Rhetoric, Religion and Righteousness

5. The Myth of Terror and the Terror of Myth

6. Enemies, Allies and other Artificial Constructs

Section III: Perceptions of Policy

7. Weaponizing the Media

8. Prism of Pain: Palestine

9. Rewriting the Script: Iraq

Section IV: Hearts & Minds

10. Beyond the Middle East

11. Brand America

12. Symbols of Empire



Notes and References

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