A survey and questionnaire was given to university students to assess prejudicial attitudes and their general knowledge of the Middle East. The findings show a correlation between their knowledge and beliefs. One that the authors state, demonstrates that the info-biased American media nourishes part of students' negative attitudes. Previous research has shown that the media in general and news media in particular constitute a significant source of political socialization of youth. "Because of the rapid development and fast paced social and economic transformations in the Arab World of today, the negative portrayals of Arabs by the American Media are not necessarily accurate depictions of Arabs," the authors state. They believe several steps should be taken to eradicate the stereotypes including an Arab media presence in the U.S. with attention to history and culture.
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Kamal Abouchedid is a faculty member in Education and Director of the Office of Tests, Measurements and Evaluation at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. His research falls in the scope of gender, education and ethnic/racial research. Dr. Abouchedid is available for media questions and interviews.
Dr. Ramzi Nasser is an Assistant Professor and Researcher at Notre Dame University . His research interest falls within the scope of attribution theory, lay and social misconcepts, and he has wide interests in social issues where he does research and writing. Dr. Nasser is available for media questions and interviews.
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