International Pr in the News

December 1, 2009 at 1:35 am (PRCA 3333) ()

     When we did our world news presentations for class, I really learned a lot about different ways the news is influenced. One theory I thought played a part in our news is ethnocentrism. A rough definition of ethnocentrism is the belief that your own culture is superior to others. We were assigned the task of watching a news station for a week at a designated time. Throughout the week we were supposed to note any international news that was reported during that time. At the end of the week I was shocked at the lack of international news covered. This exemplifies the ethnocentrism theory. It appears that our society believes that news focused around the United States trumps news from other locations.

     I think that this attitude is absurd. The belief that news from other countries is not as important or as “newsworthy” as news in the U.S. is egotistical. It is important for the U.S to acknowledge other countries as equals. One of our guest speakers, Richard Bailey, pointed out an important fact. The U.S. currently has the most power, but this will probably change over the years. Once our country is not at the top of international power, how do we want to be perceived? I hope that American citizens are able to expand their minds and realize that our culture is not better than others. However, I think that this mindset will take a while to sink in.

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1 Comment

  1. Andrews said,

    Although unfortunate, it will take a significant number of years or a significant event (i.e. the economic crisis) before you see a change in American minds.

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