Questions 1 and 3: Every Story Matters



Question 1:

The stories that are "largely forgotten" in the preface's example is that of the occurrences in Kurdistan. Instead of covering both sides of a story, Western media chose to represent one side, deeming the Kurds "terrorists" and "freedom fighters", terms not taken lightly by those in charge of the U.S. The author's inside scoop says otherwise. The Kurds fought back in their own way by using different types of warfare to help them "transition from alienation to expression" after the horrific genocide they endured. The buddings of a new democracy in Kurdistan was not covered by Western media nor were the survivors responses and protests they did through song and ceremony. The stories of the children who survived land mines, families living in tents and starving from lack of supplies went unnoticed by a country with more than enough resources to help aid in their distress. No. Instead from lack of support and recognition, the newly forming democracy began to slowly die along with too many of the people of Kurdistan. What we are fed through mainstream media creates what we remember as a community and in turn, causes us to forget other sides of a story and those involved. Muslim does not equal terrorist. White does not equal privilege. Mainstream media does not equal truth. But we are a part of a culture that has become more follower than leader and those that stand out are rarely seen as conducive to whatever mission the media has set in motion. The highlights of the Western press cause us to take things at face value and not dig deeper. There are and always will be two sides to every story. By believing what is plastered on a screen or blasted through a radio spoken someone who has only heard one side through word of mouth, we are easily deceived into believing one side and remembering it while the other side is forgotten. As unfortunate as it is to admit, more often than not, media creates our reality. But it is always our choice to take it in as truth. CAUTION: HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.

Question 3:

There are several musician's I follow that have been told by their record companies to write a certain type of song; a love song, a song not so personal, songs that bleed superficiality. The response of these musician's was to write a song exactly opposite, which in turn, became some of their most famous. The musician told to write a love song was a young female who wrote "I'm not gonna write you a love song cause you asked for it, cause you need one" as song lyrics, which if you ask any twenty something today if they know that song, odds are they can sing most if not the rest. These musician's used their culture's norms to speak out against them. They protested through music, something so widely loved in Western culture. Not many know the story behind that song, but if you do, it's all the more empowering. To protest through literature or with cultural forms is to take something so easily accepted by that culture, something so "normal" and use it in such a way that speaks against rigid ways of thinking. People take so much in as truth and  rarely delve deeper into the side untold, so the side that goes unnoticed speaks up and says, "No. Here's what I have to say." Democracy means government by the people. Not some people, not most people, THE people. The people under democracy. All. Speaking against what is portrayed as truth and using things like books and music and dance, things culturally appropriate, things so easily accepted, to give the other side that goes untold a voice, performs democracy as it then evens the odds and speaks for all people involved; the side given the most attention and the side that is not. It gives power to ALL people under the same democratic ruling.

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