People Like Us: Misrepresenting the Middle East

People Like Us: Misrepresenting the Middle East

Joris Luyendijk


In People Like Us, which grew to become a bestseller in Holland, Joris Luyendijk tells the tale of his 5 years as a correspondent within the heart East. super younger for a correspondent yet fluent in Arabic, he spoke with stone throwers and terrorists, taxi drivers and professors, sufferers and aggressors, and all in their households. He chronicles first-hand stories of dictatorship, career, terror, and conflict. His tales solid gentle on a couple of significant crises, from the Iraq battle to the Israeli-Palestinian clash, in addition to less-reported concerns equivalent to underage orphan trash-collectors in Cairo.

The extra he witnessed, the fewer he understood, and he turned more and more conscious of the yawning hole among what he observed at the flooring and what was once later mentioned within the media. As a correspondent, he used to be aware about a large number of narratives with conflicting implications, and he observed again and again that the media preferred the tales that might ensure that you do verify the popularly held, oversimplified ideals of westerners. In People Like Us, Luyendijk deploys strong examples, leavened with humor, to illustrate the ways that the media supplies us a filtered, altered, and manipulated photo of fact within the heart East.

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