Mainstream media likes simple labels | #OpEgypt #Egypt

Mainstream media likes simple labels. Before 30/6, Morsi & SCAF were in one pot. However, after 30/6, some people are already against the revolution, but support Morsi for personal gains. Others are against Morsi, yet still won’t trust SCAF (those say there is only one revolution and it’s still ongoing). Some people are pro revolution and think Morsi was working for it. Etc.


In this abstract illustration, size and ideology are not represented. Only the limited illustration of different views and the possible intersections. Plus this is only true after 30/6.

Those who say there are 2 revolutions are probably negatively affected by one of them (the first one)! Same applies to those who say there’s 1 revolution followed by a coup (the second one for them is a catastrophe). The latter kind are assuming that 2011’s January 25 revolution has ended by ‘the election of a civilian president’, or that the regime has really changed at least slightly. Which is not true. The regime is the same, with different faces. The revolution has goals, not demands. None are met yet. We’ve even gone in an opposite direction for some time. However, we are confident that it will go forward to victory. The past 30 days are part of the whole ~900 days of the revolution where the (unchanged) Egyptian regime has killed and injured thousands of innocent civilians. Despite of such great loss, no one ever condoned raising arms as a method for change.
Note: The term SCAF is more accurate than military, since for example many “pro Morsi” folks believe that SCAF has “betrayed them”, despite of their uninterrupted “respect” to the “military”.

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34 Responses to Mainstream media likes simple labels | #OpEgypt #Egypt

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  4. Anonymous says:

    MB is the one reponsible for killing

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    The news media’s divisive rhetoric is going to change the course of history

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  10. Strobe says:

    Superb graphic.

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  12. Ashana M says:

    The mainstream media prefers simple labels because it is produced and consumed by human beings, and human beings prefer simple labels. It is, however, a step up from my cat’s wordless indifference. Although if we also restricted ourselves to watching flies, eating, and licking ourselves, there would probably be fewer wars or murders.

    Thanks for clarifying the subject. I had gotten as far as understanding that the situation was, well, not good. This helps. Slightly. I have a long way to go…

  13. Josh B says:

    This is a serious problem that extends far beyond just this conflict (although, it is incredibly important right now). If you look back in history, the mainstream media has oversimplified most issues to deliberately sway public opinion in certain directions. They construct a scaffolding on which the global conversation rests. By using Pro-Morsi/Pro-Military jargon, they limit our discussion to that distinction. Its scary.

  14. Here in the US, that’s one of the few ways to get seen/heard. On the majority of complex issues, the average person doesn’t have enough background knowledge to follow factual details. They would be overwhelmed and eventually tune out. It’s unfortunate, but news outlets need to keep their stories overly simplified and short in order to maintain a following.

  15. milambc says:

    Reblogged this on Ginger Musings and commented:
    As usual, especially within the realm of foreign policy, the mainstream media is not the best at explaining complex, nuanced issues.

  16. Interesting post, thank you for sharing with us!

  17. jamharl says:

    Never thought that media likes Simple labels. So, your post is worth reading.

  18. Smart post, thanks for sharing!

  19. I liked your article. Very informative.

  20. There are gray areas in any war/revolution. Trying to understand something from a distance only serves to cloud the issues. I simply hate the manner in which we are force fed something only to discover that eventually we will be told another ‘story.’ My heart pains for all of Egypt. I recall the days of promise when Anwar Sadat was in power. I wish we were entitled to have an open mic to differing views from those living this tumultuous chain of events. Mainstream media, directed by certain initiatives leaves us blinded and ignorant. Only Egypt has voices to speak their truths. May Peace come to all.

    • mcwatty9 says:

      Great post. I realized while reading this article that I learned more about the situation in Egypt than I had in hours of repetitious coverage on the news. It is sad when the truth is watered down in order to make a story easier to digest.

  21. sonatano1 says:

    I like how you depict the true relationships between the parties in Egypt. Our media here in the States (though I imagine this is true everywhere) love to boil stories down to two sides. If they can depict one side as completely good and the other as completely evil, even better! Simple stories are the best kind. Too bad they usually have nothing to do with reality.

  22. Everybody like simple labels! Especially we Americans. We tend to see things in black & white, on/off, binary, and forget that almost everything is so much more nuanced and complex. In fact, when you consider all angles, you’ll be labeled a passionless moderate!

  23. segmation says:

    I like your blog but doesn’t Mainstream media like labels period? What would we do without these labels?

  24. Good that you pointed out it’s the mainstream media and not necessarily the audience that likes simple labels.

  25. It is pretty complicated over there in Egypt. Even twenty years after things die down–and I like to think things will die down in a few years at most–we may never truly know what went on in Egypt during these complcated times.

  26. Amyclae says:

    “When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.”
    ― Steve Jobs

  27. Paul R Bottse says:

    I like the assessment and observation. I agree with most of the content but I have my own explination. Outstanding review thank you for sharing.

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