Date Approved

2020

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Richard Stahler-Sholk

Second Advisor

Dr. Anita Rich

Third Advisor

Kathleen H. Stacey

Abstract

This presentation looks to examine media-manipulation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the U.S., inlcuding implications in the form of public opinion and policy making. The focus is a history of the conflict itself by presenting it first through the lens of the U.S. using multi-mass media news sources before then presenting media based in the Middle East. By doing so an individual can note the inconsistency and categorical syllogism which occurs. It’s important to note, it is difficult to change the fundamental opinions individuals have of this conflict or others, but education on media manipulation can allow audiences the ability to speculate and consider the information being provided through a more sophisticated lens. First, by examining the history of the conflict through world knowledge. Then comparing that history to the current media portrayal by considering content, connotation, and biases. This will be separated via region in order to analyze the way in which mass media is manipulated by the means it’s consumed such as Google. By doing so all sides present in the conflict can be viewed.

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