TELEVISION & NEWSPAPER
Take sometime to listen and watch the news and really look at the
headlines of most events in U.S. cities. Imagine being a foreigner
and you do not know much about U.S. customs, geography, or politics.
Imagine what you would think about people who live in the United States.
On many occasions, we have been told by numerous foreigners that the
U.S. seems like an extremely violent country.
You should use a wide variety of sources to educate yourself about
what life is really like in your host country and city. The major news
channels are a common source of information for world events; however,
television should not be your only resource. Quite frequently, news
reports give us a very distorted perspective of what happens abroad.
This is mainly because U.S. television news spends the majority of
its time reporting on U.S. events. The news spends only a few minutes
or seconds summarizing what is going on in the rest of the world. They
usually present the most extreme or dramatic examples of events throughout
the world, and you see these images repeatedly. Television and newspapers
do not report on the fact that most people in other countries are living
their lives just as contentedly as you are.
It is worthy to take some time and reflect how our perceptions of
other places are shaped by the media.