Misleading perspectives on Islamic religion
The article that I have chosen to write about is one that deals with the Islamic religion. It explains to us that as Canadians our view on Islam’s religion is distorted because of the media. Our media is content on telling us how extremists twist the religion to suit their desires. According to the article the media also tends to try to explain what ‘true’ Islam is and the differences between the extremists and the rest of the religion. This can be beneficial to Canadians but also it is a limited perspective from the media. Western society’s battle against the extremists is only a part of what is happening in the religion, the real battle is within Islamic culture. The article also makes a good point near the end saying how Islam isn’t the first religion to have a separation of belief.
This article can be tied to the fact that in the past 100 years, as mentioned in class, Islam has been growing exponentially. Information on Islam is becoming more and more available for the general public. The article explains how this information can be distorted and we must try and not take everything at face value. Also relating to the textbook we are explicitly evaluating the Islamic religion through the media rather than our own implicit observations. Local papers now find it important to keep Canadians informed on the variants within the religion that could be tied into the growth of the religion in western society.
After reading this article I agree with the points brought up about how in western society we tend to listen to the media without doing additional research. Due to the media organizations’ understanding of human nature and the appeal of shocking and entertaining news we are often led to believe the information made available to us – especially, outrageous and highly biased stories. I believe it is important for people in western society to be mindful when reading these types of news stories as they often only offer one perspective on a much more complicated issue.