Yesterday I posted a WikiLeaks story on Facebook that stated,
"Satellite broadcasts of the US TV shows Desperate Housewives and Late Show With David Letterman are doing more to persuade Saudi youth to reject violent jihad than hundreds of millions of dollars of US government propaganda, informants have told the American embassy in Jeddah."
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In fun I also put this on Twitter:
"Good to read how TV shows have influenced youth to not resort to violent jihad! Way to go, Hollywood! I don't give you enough credit!"
I'm not much of a Twitter-er. I mostly read others' tweets and occasionally reply to them. Anyway, I wrote that and soon after a friend replied with this:
"yet, according to Superfreakonomics, TV is the major cause of violence in america"
(Ironically enough a female friend on Facebook replied to the WikiLeaks link about Desperate Housewives by writing: "who'd have thought!? Desperate Housewives makes me WANT to commit violence......")
I replied to my Twitter friend:
"so it seems each culture reacts to Hollywood differently. Seems like an interesting study. Any thoughts about the differences?"
Then read this reply from him upon waking today:
"it would make for a good blog post :) I also read that tv is doing something similar in India empowering women."
I replied that he needs to write about this as I enjoy discussing these cultural differences. WikiLeaks is hardly a scientific study. Not sure about Superfreakonomics, but any title with "freak" doesn't scream "scientific study" to me. Of course I may be wrong.
In the spirit of this-is-not-scientific-but-
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So please share. Why would watching Desperate Housewives and other TV shows reduce violent jihad in the Middle East, yet these same shows influence American youth to be more violent? And how is that also different in India where TV of some sort is empowering women? What do you believe is your society's reaction to watching television shows especially those from the West or another culture? Do you think Western movies and television shows have had a positive or negative influence or no influence at all? What have Western shows taught you about the West? What things did you learn from TV/movies that you found inaccurate when you met ordinary people from the West? What things were quite accurate of those you met? For those living in the US, what do you think our TV/movies teach others about us? Do you like what they teach? What would you change? What would you keep the same?
And, Wafa', I am working on my list of weird facts for you! In the meantime, if you want to know some weird traits about Wafa', check out her cute post.