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doing very good things in the world that we should look at that as being part of our faith that we do embrace as part of our faith and that i believe that the nonviolent and the rational and the humanitarian aspects of islam which wafa never admits to will ultimately be the way that the faith is looked at by the great majority of people in the world gradually into law thank you i want to thank both i'm sorry we've run out of time with many thanks to my guest today in washington and in los angeles and thanks to our viewers for watching us here at r.t. see you next time and remember rostock will. take. children now see
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bringing you the latest in science technology from. the future. straight from of the heart of moscow to you this is our team bringing you the top stories from around the world. to invest. in freezing waters off russia's far east coast are nearing safety for being stuck there for almost two weeks breakers are towing the one to open waters while the final ship with over three hundred crew on
board waits for assistance the rescue operation has been hampered by treacherous conditions. concerns all raised over whether plans to reduce the u.s. defense budget can go ahead so long as companies continue to cash in on the war the pentagon intends to spend a record seven hundred twenty five billion dollars on its military this year that's despite more than half of americans saying they oppose the country's conflict with . the golden age of retirement is that losing some of its shine for british pensioners as they struggle to get by amid rising costs and rock bottom interest rates official figures show bankruptcy is growing the fastest rate among the elderly the number of over sixty five. reduced income has risen six fold over the past decade. screen violence gets more and more explicit we look at how movies and video games are pushing boundaries but also
straining people's psychology to the limit the program contains some graphic images . business is booming in gun shops across the country one man. said sell me all the ammo you have pistols shotguns even ammunition are flying off the shelves there may be no better illustration of what gerber means by the me world syndrome than the fact that gun sales have risen sharply during exactly the same period that crime is dropped sharply the majority of the spike occurring over just the past three years alone despite record declines in violent crime across the board crime may be down but for some reason fear doesn't seem to be i've always been pro-gun control and suddenly i'm going. i don't know maybe i should we can fall into chaos well chaos is a good reason to be able to protect yourself you have people that are depressed
people have might be upset you know. you feel comfortable you feel like you have a little bit of power you're protecting yourself from americans. going crazy rioting looting and hurting. i've been through y2k and i've been through nine eleven i have never seen people so afraid the logical question is why well surveys consistently show that upwards of two thirds of the people who believe crime to be a very serious personal problem say they get most of their news from television. this is the breakthrough of cultivation analysis a clear correlation between the amount of media we consume and the degree of fear and anxiety we have about the world. a phenomena that comes into especially clear focus when we look at how we view and treat others especially those who are
different from us. lives rather insulated lives than read read too many people other groups of other races other ethnic background than our own most of what we know about other races other ethnic groups we know from television and on television we get some very peculiar information for example while latinos are the fastest growing demographic group in the united states currently representing about fifteen percent of the nation's population they make up only about six percent of all characters in television and movie and when they are represented it's overwhelmingly is characters in a world of violence. they hispanic americans are probably the most violent group in american television.
el paso where the immigrant population is actually at all time highs. we can't stop all murders rapes and deadly drunk driving accidents but our officials should be doing everything possible to prevent those committed by people who have no right to be here so without positive representations to balance the bad the meanest members of minority groups are allowed to stand in for all the rest creating a distorted and menacing picture viewers feeling under attack and reinforcing a mentality that feeds and feeds off anger rage he. does nothing to do with. he's really been deported here in a police chase. the mean world creates people cultivating irrational fear and anger among those whose primary knowledge of latinos regardless of whether they're
citizens or legal or illegal immigrants seems to come from media. nearly every. country and our stuff. this has nothing to do with you now it has something to do with the car and we don't want to do that people are trying. to make it back to mexico yet. these. are all right karen obama. by minimum number coward. languorous. coward to come here to move this. country.
but it doesn't stop there. the same pattern of vilification and file a backlash also plays out with perhaps our most popular cast of villains arabs. presented disproportionately as they love thirsty terrorists. very little better in the arena of t.v. news and politics. there in the next century we will have many more muslims in the states if we do not adopt strict immigration policies where muslims and arabs are repeatedly linked with violence and terror calling for muslims to attack the embassies of the us and its allies in the eyes and that's to getting several muslim
men and possible terrorist training in the washington d.c. area. for all muslims. and jews setting in motion a cycle of fear and recrimination that bleeds from our news into our fictional forms of back again as violent representations of arabs and muslims in t.v. shows movies trigger even more violent reactions. including the increased popularity of torture as part of our evening entertainment tonight.
violent reaction a backlash that seems to have played out in the real world as well. born in america bred here in america muslim extremist terrorists spreading various chests anti-american show and violent extremism except for nick timothy mcveigh every terrorist has been a muslim there's a theology that feeds terrorism now i don't claim to understand it and the collide i'm going to exploit it all on those when i'm told all along was a demon spirit even more hamad thought so extremist muslim terrorism the terrorist
muslim extremist muslim extremist terrorist and end of story. the point here once again is that this kind of fear and hardline condemnation of entire groups of people seems to be based less on our actual relationship with those people than on our relationship with media. with every going to americans the situation is somewhat different this has been a group that has achieved some recognition on television in terms of being a groupie good in terms of certain visibility on television that. actually african-americans are about fourteen percent of the television population which is close to the real population but their representation is very peculiar respect to
are you. still allows itself to be ingested by the immune system cells called back to science well. because. they are healthier they're wealthier they're more successful they're more middle class. careers in general giving the impression that there's no problem that problems have been solved at the very successful. that's. leading to the notion that. african american. civil rights and. equality movement has achieved its goal and there is no problem it will be different than it was before a five year old will grow into an american it says an african-american to be president because guess what here it's as if to say you see that there's no problem anymore there's no race problem. they switch goes when african americans are
portrayed in the news late this afternoon two men were sent to prison for raping a woman i was a long record of violent unrest that may not surprise you or your old fired more than a dozen shots while trying to get away from authority police tracked down the guy they think it was one of the four men arrested for a random attack on a young couple walking the animal just went through surgery after deputies say a suspect stabbed him in the mouth an african american male is twice as likely. to be seen as in connection with a crime with drug violence is a fact in life. with the vast middle of the african-american experience raced from the airwaves the
result is that black criminals become the face of urban issues like poverty and inequality in the process creating an often unspoken climate. fear and anger and resentment that makes it virtually impossible to solve our inner city problems including crime by any other means than policing and punishment. if on the one hand there's this glowing image of african-americans that can make it seem to some that we've overcome issues of inequality then when blacks do step out of line it's almost as if they're ungrateful and therefore deserve the harshest punishment. whether we're talking about blacks and latinos being depicted as violent criminals or arabs and muslims as extremists and terrorists were troubled the most was how such rationally fearful view of others and the world could make people more likely to accept and even welcome repression if it promises to relieve
their insecurities we have to protect our people from killers people who play on our society only thing we could do is take these people off the streets and put them in cages where they belong. that if you raise the level of insecurity in. population they are more likely to demand protection. candidates compete with one another as valid with the harsher sentence the democrats and republicans will have to be careful not to get into a bidding war who is tougher on crime why not two strikes or one if you have a large population that is secure and is. some kind of assurance or reassurance or some kind of protection they are more likely to accept. lucian's to the problems of society like poverty and urban decay and the urban culture of violence not
and surgically implanted electrodes could even shock them until they return to where they're supposed to be. but we imprison more people be in prison. being. welcome to my community hot springs village we have the freedom and the space to do the things we enjoy there also a secure community access to hot springs villages controlled by twenty four hour manned and electronic security. mean worlds and role contributes to
a sense not only of vengeance and repression but the essential and it. brings home security are you all right so it's hard to bring. you home alone. this is another element of the me and world syndrome a carload of insecurity that makes it very difficult to address our problem of accept it in ways of fear. the flipside of personal insecurity is the heightened demand for national security
. in an increasingly dangerous worlds. even after the first terrorist attack on america the liberals in congress voted to slash now because intelligence operations . and weaknesses truckstops while feeding america. fear is now a staple of american politics and whether it's been used to justify going to war there is no doubt. that saddam hussein now has weapons of mass destruction vs. nerve agent terrorism cyber attacks nuclear program biological weapons or to prepare for constantly new and emerging threats this is the epicenter. this is no idle danger. the question with all this as we look at the fear charged political landscape is whether the images of a mean world spiraling out of control threatening to do us harm at every turn have
contributed to a sense of anxiety and fear that is overwhelming our ability to think clearly and rationally beyond a reasonable concern for security and the need to defend. what mattered most was that the violent imagery that fills up every day mainstream television and film and news and reality programming is likely to create in most regular viewers a sense of fear and mistrust with implications that reach far beyond media entertainment into the very depths of how we perceive the world and our place in it . from hollywood movies and primetime drama to children's programs and video games straight through to reality programs and the very heart of our news culture what concerned most about media violence wasn't so much its sheer quantity or its brutality not so much whether media violence caused violence in the real world
but how it all works in the aggregate to form a culture in itself. a culture of meanness that has normalized and held in place a distorted sense of the world as an irrational. and dangerous place hardening us making us less compassionate even as it makes us feel more vulnerable ourselves. and spending time living in that world of television breeds in regular and heavy viewers a sense of anxiety fear and anger totally out of proportion with reality. in the end george herbert is work forces us to confront the meaning of this mediated constructive world and to ask why have we allowed so much cultural power and influence to fall into the hands of so narrow a range of commercial interests indeed they telling
a story the cultivation of a sense of who we are what the world has lived as always been the principal shaper of human behavior. the new task that is to try to design a media system a cultural and veyron mental system. which will address the issue of how can recreate an environment for children the stories will do socialising influence that image they grew up that is more fair there is more equitable that is more. just. and less damaging than the one we have today.
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