Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Manufacturing Consent?

A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Flood waters continue to rise in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina did extensive damage when it made landfall on Monday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana.(AFP/Getty Images/Chris Graythen)

Just went through a report in a newspaper about the contrasting interprations in the captions of the two photographs.As the blog from where I took it sums it up nicely-"It's not looting if you're white".

This immediately reminded me of the documentary "Manufacturing Consent" featuring the views of Noam Chomsky where he held the press responsible for doctoring the opinions of people worldwide in the context of the War in Iraq.The press did this by biasing their views and news in the favor of the side they supported,not hard to figure out which side.Something similar being done here?

I have not been to the U.S,but from what I gather from relatives and friends and media (???),the stereotype view is that the criminal is always the colored man.Is this another reflection of that stereotype?

The black man "loots" and the white man "finds".Interesting.


arunabh said...

loved it. i'll also b posting something
on racism in a few moments.

Anonymous said...

nice man. real neat.

- krishna