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Star of the Sea : A Postcolonial/Postmodern Voyage into the Irish Famine

Media Introduction

Media both from within and outside of Ireland sheds light on to the perception of issues and occurrences of the past. While it is undeniable that excerpts of media from a certain region is of a distinct flavor that might bare some of the flaws of its people, all media strives to be in some degree altruistic in its attempt at sincere recounting of events and ideas to deliver to the masses. This is true for British and Irish media of different platforms, and in order to recognize the positive influence media can bring about, we must first overcome the self-perpetuating negativity that is inherently a part of some facets of the media. The main barrier working against cohesion in British and Irish media is the abstract idea of “otherness” and how these ideas manifested into prejudiced perspectives. While the examples provided display racial bigotry expressed by some British media, they also provide support for the accurate portrayal of Irish history in Irish media and sympathetic awareness operating within British media. The past must be brought into dialogue with the future so that we may learn from the errors in the media representation of Ireland and England during the Famine to overcome future issues. 

Work Cited
De Nie, Michael. "Britannia's Sick Sister Irish Identity and the British Press."Writing Irishness in Nineteenth-Century British Culture. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004. 173-93. Print.
Researcher/Writer: Ben Deetz
Technical Designers: Abbey Benson and Ellen Rethwisch

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