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Het zijn net mensen by Joris Luyendijk
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Het zijn net mensen (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Joris Luyendijk

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  EMS_24 | Apr 19, 2012 |
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When I bought this book I knew it was about journalism, the Middle East, one persons opinion. What surprised me very much is, that I liked the book so very much.

I'll never watch the evening news again without, in the back of my mind, hearing that little voice saying: is this crowd really a crowd or just several people, filmed from a good angle? Or: is there really noone in that particular country that has a different opinion?

To me this book made perfectly clear that what we see as 'news', is made by human beings, with their own backgrounds and filters, led by the 'madness of the day', what the big news agencies dictate, what the public at home wants to hear or see and what news they are able to get background nformation about.

You shouldn't look at the Arab / Palestinian / Israeli world with western eyes. They live under different circumstances, have different cultures. There should be room for correspondents to explain differences, to show the people behind the rhetorics of the officials and the spokes persons.
The other way round should journalists from that region that are covering 'the west' be allowed to get more nsight information on what is going on and why. And be enabled to give a more balanced view on the western world and thoghts.

If a correspondent would start with an explanation of the situation and explain why he cannot know the things the public wants to see or hear, the public might gradually be able to look 'at the other side' too. IF the regimes (western and arabic / israeli / palestinian all the same) will allow voices to be heard and pictures to be seen that go against or differ from the main stream opinion of what they (in their positins of power in whatever form) decide is good for us.

WOW book!

P.S. According to the note in the back of the book this book has been translated in Arabic, German, Danish, Hungarian, Ialian and English. If you're interested, you might try to find it. It is really worth reading! ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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  EMS_24 | Apr 19, 2012 |
goede maar helaas negatieve beschouwingen op de mogelijkheid van realistische verslaggeving in het midden-oosten a.g.v. dictaturen en media-oorlog. ( )
  Hopsakee | Apr 3, 2011 |
After finishing this book I felt a bit unsatisfied. Luyendijk's criticism isn't really constructive at all. He doesn't even try to find solutions for the problems he writes about. And that leaves this book a bit lacking. ( )
  Dirklectisch | Jun 14, 2009 |
The book is about how the media give a view on the Middle East that is based on image forming instead of facts. Because most of the countries there are run by more or less dictatorial leaders, you can't get real data on how people's real views on something is. To avoid admitting that, the media use our prejudices to give a view on the Middle East.
The author was a correspondent in Egypt, Libanon an Israel from 1998 to 2003 and describes how he did his job there and how odd it was to report things that he sometimes knew nothing about.
This book not only made me think about how I usually watch the news. It also made me think about how life was in Iraq when Saddam was still at power. I used to think that they were better off then: although they lived under one of the worst dictators, at least they knew how to avoid trouble; in present Iraq anyone can get killed where ever they are. Since I've read the book I question that opinion. The description of Iraq under Saddam (Luyendijk visited Iraq a couple of times) was scaring me. I can't imagine how it's like to live in a dictatorship, but sitting on the couch reading the book was terrifying enough, let alone living it.
I hope the book will be translated to English (and I hope there are Dutch readers who would like to read this book) ( )
1 vote Guusius | Aug 13, 2007 |
This is a brilliant book about Luyendijk's experiences as a journalist in the middle east. I now know things I'm not sure I really wanted to know. Bottom line: the media controls big parts of the wars and dictatorships in the middle east. Of course I knew this, but this book illustrates it with painful examples. I hope it will get translated into many languages. ( )
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