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Middle East Studies for the New MilleniuInfrastructures of Knowledge$
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Seteney Shami and Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479827787

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479827787.001.0001

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The Risk of Knowing

The Risk of Knowing

Chapter:
(p.411) Chapter Eleven The Risk of Knowing
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Middle East Studies for the New Milleniu
Author(s):

Irene Gendzier

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479827787.003.0012

This chapter seeks to encourage reflection on the operation of the media in a democratic society. Its starting point is that the function of the press in a democracy is to inform the public in order to enable it to understand the nature of the politics and policies of those in power. It takes little effort to realize that this objective has little in common with the practices of the mainstream media, which in many cases have become a form of entertainment that successfully advocates its political conformism. In this respect, it contributes to deception and systematic disinformation campaigns that are designed to avoid public dissent and the risk of knowing.

Keywords:   mainstream media, press, democracy, democratic society, Middle East

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