Friday, April 27, 2012
Xenophobia produces poor journalism, writing
Not being a psychology expert, I'm not even sure if you can be self aware of suffering from xenophobia. However, there are treatments available.
Even beyond journalism, even novel writing suffers when you use what you think you know about a culture. It will keep your work from achieving the depth it deserves.
If you took a minute to ponder the concept, then the usable takeaway for all writers would be this: Did you really look at your subject before applying preconceived notions? Did you explore beyond what you expected to find? Did you give it a fair chance? Did you really listen to those close to the topic?
If you answered "yes," then you're on the path to truth and accuracy. And that matters.
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The Story: X - Xerox your smiling face.
Pirate Knitting: X is for X BONES
Parenting From Aaah! to Zzz: X Marks the Spot!