Published on September 15, 2008
Muslims and Media Perception, Reality and how you can make a difference. Javed Mohammed Writer-Producer Writer- firstname.lastname@example.org Changing the world one story at a time Copyright 2008
What image do you want to be associated with?
Perception is reality Well pretty close.
So who decides perception? You + me + them
What if 6 Billionaires decided what 300 Million Americans watch, hear, read? Rupert Murdoch
That’s right. 6 corporations own 90% of media holdings in the US. Others
The Mighty 6 1. Viacom 2. Disney 3. Time Warner 4. General Electric 5. Bertelsmann 6. News Corp
So how does this impact me? Less faces, same voice
Now here are some interesting stats from a survey done by How do Americans perceive Muslims?
First thoughts about Muslims CAIR Poll Results Positive Comments, Negative 6, 7% Comments, 26, 29% War, hatred, violence Terrorists, enemies, Osama bin Laden Neutral Oppressed women Comments, 57, 64% CAIR Survey: 2005
–ve vs +ve images, 10:1 vs
So what does all this mean?
Is there no hope?
Absolutely there is: You can still make a difference!
We just have to work harder, smarter, everyone. No Excuses
How? Control the Controllables Use Alternative media
Share positive inspiring messages
Become or recruit an Aficionado
What’s a…? Aficionado: a Well-wisher, an enthusiastic admirer, a fan. Someone, anyone who shares your feelings and expresses sympathy or hopes that something will be successful.
OK, so I found my Aficionado, I have a message, now what. You’re off to a good start, now breathe in, Get set,…
Research it Has subject been covered before?
If not: what is the best medium to get the message across? Lecture, opinion newspaper, short story, book, video, podcast, TV, film?
Are you the best person for this task or should you partner with someone?
Let’s take a lesson from the movies.
But I’m not famous!
Don’t worry. But if you’re rich it helps
I’m not rich either? Well you could sell your kidneys. or how about a garage sale?
OK there is one last option. Be controversial. That’ll get you in the news
Actions you can take Stop blaming “them.” The problem is “us.”
Actions you can take It’s easy to be a “critic” CRITIC
Actions you can take Instead become a “producer.”
Actions you can take Start somewhere, anywhere
Actions you can take Watch movies with a critical eye.
Actions you can take Watch the special features (making off) on DVDs
Actions you can take Take a creative writing class
Take classes “Introduction to film.” A Screenwriting class No matter what your age or interest at a community college
Actions you can take Write “Letters to the editor” or “an opinion piece”
Actions you can take Write a short story or even a novel,…
Actions you can take Listen to different radio shows.
Actions you can take Call in with an opinion or some expertise.
Last but not least Subscribe Ask Libraries, colleges institutions to buy/subscribe Use word of mouth and Donate, Sponsor, Sell words of hands http://www.myfavoritereview.com/ “The example of a good word is like a good tree” Muhammad, Prophet of Islam
Reference All images are used under “fair use” and obtained from the public domain. They are the property of the respective copyright holders. Please Note: I started to keep track of sources but it became too cumbersome.
Part 2 of this presentation: From Hollywood to Bollywood: The changing role of Muslims In film is also available on slideshare.
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