Why should Americans be worried about the image we are projecting to young people overseas?
People invariably associate the US and Americans with what they see on TV and the movie screens. The article referred to above is attempting to find out why these movies are “the fuel of terrorist hatred” where many teenagers in countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Korea, Lebanon, India among others directly associate the people of the United States with what they see on screen.
Well youths are easy to influence and mold and it is the duty of parents in the first place to explain the facts to their children, rather than shirk that responsibility.
We have many taboos in our societies, sex is the foremost “don’t talk about it” subject followed until recently by politics. If we are too afraid to discuss current issues with our children then we are not preparing them for the real world. If they don’t know that we regard nudity and sex and whatever else as “wrong” by our society’s interpretations, how are they going to be fortified against these things themselves?
Soon they will be flying off to universities, integrate more with societies through their jobs. If we are to build a good generation, we must also talk openly about everything and make sure they understand that what they see on TV or the movie screen is just that, a movie, not part of reality and not necessarily reflect the true situation or beliefs of the American people.