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EGYPT The majority of people have various ways of viewing cultures Because of close-mindedness and lack of cultural education people have a difficult time interacting with different societies I feel that people shouldnt stereotype because this might lead to misjudgment For example I have personally experienced this type of stereotyping of my Egyptian culture Although people view Egypt as a plain desert with camel riders my experience from living there shows Egypt to be a developing civilized country with a great history People think about Egypt in this manner because of the media The news primarily exposes the uncivilized parts of the country For instance the well known news broad-casting channel CNN showed the circumcising of a young girl on the television screen This is a harsh way to introduce a culture to people Often CNN shows cases of the Egyptian desert with camel riders This narrow perspective influences the societys view of our culture Another example is an article in the National Geographic magazine about Egypt written by Peter Throux in April 1993 The writer described the country as smoggy dirty over-populated and with traffic problems The article introduced Egypt as a superstitious culture which was graphically proven in a picture shown in the article This picture showed the head of a woman with the body of a snake This picture gives the reader the impression that Egyptians believe in black magic Whenever the media introduce a culture they should mention all the positive and the negative aspects of that specific culture For instance whenever you watch a program about the United States of America back home you see only sky-scrapers and big luxurious cities This doesnt portray the entire United States In reality Egypt is a mixture of well educated and uneducated people I have lived there for many years and from experience I think its an interesting country Egypt has the Nile River which supports the cities around it
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