INFLUENCE OF THE MEDIA: HOW POST-9/11 NOVELS ARE REACTIVE TO NEWS COVERAGE OF MUSLIMS
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractThe media, with their constant stream of news, have a powerful and ever-present impact on the public’s opinion of events and people. This influence is partly due to the nature of the media and their responsibility to report accurate and credible news, making the public believe opinions as facts that some journalists include in their reporting. Since the attacks on 9/11, news outlets have been covering Muslims with an intensified and negative focus that has been partly responsible for causing the Islamophobia in America to increase. This paper analyzes how the media portray Muslims and the ways in which some post-9/11 novels are reactive to these distorted illustrations of them. While the media paint a shallower, one-sided, and stereotypical portrait of Muslims, the novels acknowledge these stereotypes presented through the news, but also incorporate a deeper look into a Muslim’s life in America after the terrorist attacks. In doing so, the novels create a different, more complex, and compassionate side to Muslims than what is typically portrayed by the media.