Edward Said On Orientalism
"The Orient" Represented in Mass Media

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Ivan

The one thing that really resonates with me is the fact that when they Oklahoma bombing happened, not only did they start a manhunt on Middle Easterns, but they chose to ask Edward Said his insight and see if he would know anything. That's one of the biggest problems of racism, besides all ...Read more

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Jamar

Orientalism touches on a lot of aspects of the static perpetuation of stereotypes from people of the middle east throughout history and the media. Said touches on the fact that Imperialist Orientalism started out when Napoleon invaded Egypt and brought with him scientists and other academics ...Read more

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