People Like Us: Misrepresenting the Middle East by Joris Luyendijk

By Joris Luyendijk

In humans Like Us, which grew to become a bestseller in Holland, Joris Luyendijk tells the tale of his 5 years as a correspondent within the center 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 reviews of dictatorship, career, terror, and struggle. His tales solid gentle on a couple of significant crises, from the Iraq struggle to the Israeli-Palestinian clash, besides 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 floor and what was once later suggested within the media. As a correspondent, he was once aware about a large number of narratives with conflicting implications, and he observed time and again that the media favourite the tales that will ensure that you do make sure the popularly held, oversimplified ideals of westerners. In humans Like Us, Luyendijk deploys strong examples, leavened with humor, to illustrate the ways that the media provides us a filtered, altered, and manipulated snapshot of fact within the center East.

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In this story it is the background that makes sense of the lead. The lead is new, and important, but without the background, who would understand that? In a move believed to be without precedent in Australia, a federal parliamentary committee has called on Queensland authorities to charge former state Cabinet Ministers with a serious criminal offence. Politicians and public servants should be treated by the law the same way as other people, the committee said. The House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee of Inquiry into Crime in the Community has recommended Queensland authorities treat public figures who destroyed evidence, including evidence of child abuse in 1990, in the same manner as occurred in the case of a citizen who committed a similar offence last year.

It will depend on how significant the background is. The more significant, the closer to the lead it should be. Leaving background to the end can have a certain impact as a “closer” to the story – as it would in the case of our fictitious story above. But, since we are writing to the rules of the inverted pyramid, leaving the background to the end would mean that the matter was considered to be the least important part of the story. And thus, if the story were cut from the bottom, there would be no point blaming the subs for cutting out some vitally important information.

The world’s population could explode in the next decade, an international authority on disease control said yesterday. World Watch executive director Margaret Morris said the number of people on the planet was likely to rise by 10 per cent by the year 2015. So, you have the general summary as your lead. That, we hope, will hook the reader, and you have started to introduce the detail. In this case, as a matter of logic, the who . . the expert who made this prediction. Then comes the where and the when.

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