Catch Phrase

I have created a meme, or perhaps a new buzzword, look for it in next December’s NYT magazine:

propaganda prophylactic

The meaning is fairly self-explanatory but it is basically what is needed before either side can start making progress towards talking with the other. And I’m not talking about politicians here. I’m talking about 22 year old American Jews with 22 year old Palestinian Jordanians. The respective medias have such different perspectives and emphases, and no one can understand the other side completely, so you end up with clashes that don’t even make logical sense because they are not arguing the same point. I therefore point out the need for a propaganda prophylactic – a way to understand both sides of the conflict without media or popular interference. Just the facts, no bias. Impossible, no?

For proof just check out and compare:
nytimes.com
jordantimes.com

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