If all you ever heard about Villanova University was that it was Villa”no-fun”, would you think of it in a positive light?
Part of geting caught in a “bubble” is not taking the time to fully study and understand far-off situations before defining them.
For many of us, Iran is a perfect example. I bet that if I went through campus and did a word association with one hundred students using just the word “Iran” as a stimulus, at least sixty of them would respond with “nukes”. Some would probably say “Ahmadinejad”, “terrorist”, “Al-Qaeda”, or “Middle East”. The most oblivious among us would most likely answer: “2 miles”.
The point is that we often get swept up in rhetoric from our national media without considering a country’s full range of characteristics and variables. Most Iranian’s are not extremists, most are not anti-America, and many of them actually love America and wish to one day even move to the United States. However, it is so easy to not realize any of this when our only sense of a country comes from Glenn Beck’s or Anderson Cooper’s mad face on the television ranting or warning of World War III as a result of an attack by evil Iranians. I truly believe these pundits are just reporting and do not mean to paint this ultra-negative picture of the entire population. But if that is the only information we hear or see of that country then that picture subconsciously manifests itself as an inevitable outcome.
Do we do this often? Does the rhetoric of media create false perceptions of stories, people, or places in our heads? How can we fight this/avoid this?