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Getting the Most out of Journalism and Social Media: Islamophobia


I chose to analyze islamophobia in the United States.  A video from YouTube, titled The Rise of Muslim Hate & Islamophobia, depicts a Muslims speaking for the Islamic community of the threats and assumptions made on these people.  The author and video are legitimate because he, along with other colleagues, went to one of the cities in America called Toronto—the name of the state is not given—and conducted a psychological study in a corporate firm.  He dressed in Muslim clothing and his colleagues demanded the workers to describe ice and then sugar, and all answered as cold and sweet.  The next task was to describe the author—dressed in Muslim clothing—and all the corporate workers said, “Violence or holy violence.”  In this study, the author was both the participant and witness.  He imposes the awareness of islamophobia and how media has entailed ignorance among the American people to believe in false ideas about the religion of Islam.  Hence, throughout the video he and others spokespersons—who are also Muslims—advocate, as mentioned, that all social media and people have a burden against Muslims.  This implies a sort of bias that all people are ignorant and do not understand nor acknowledge the challenges as being a Muslim.  Although the author does not mention who he actually is—job, status, age—I can assume that he is a devout Muslim who works in a mosque, an advocator to islamophobia, or a psychologist.  The reason is that, at the beginning of the clip, he analyzes verses from the Qur’an and gives the true definition of Islam in which Islamic scholars—the ulamma—are entitled to interpret the Qur’an.  On the other hand, because he mentioned that they conducted a psychological test to the corporate firm, I can assume that he is a psychologist or perhaps was just a participant.


            To compare the analyzed clip from YouTube about islamophobia awareness, I researched a newspaper article—using Google News—about the same topic: Arjun Walia’s Next Time You See A Muslim Person & Think ‘Terrorist’—Remember This on Collective Evolution (CE).  This article virtually discusses America’s primary reason for depicting Muslims as terrorists is to increase military affairs in other countries; however, the writer also discusses how America’s social media functions as to cause ignorance on the people about Muslims.  This article is more authoritative than the video clip because, even though there is a present of political bias, it includes legitimate statements from “Prominent academic (University of Ottawa’s Emeritus Professor of Economics) and author Dr. Michel Chossudovsky” (Arjun Walia, Next Time You See A Muslim Person & Think ‘Terrorist’—Remember This, collective-evolution.com).  This tradition news source provides sincere information of a specific topic.  The YouTube, on the other hand, is said in first-person in which bias is common to happen, unlike the news article that has an argument and evidence.  This makes it better suited for academic research than the other.