Through the Looking Glass: Western Media Coverage of Russia. Ushanka Syndrome, #SochiProblems & Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.


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Russian Stereotypes: Western Perception of Russia as seen through Russian’s eyes. Part III.

Ivan Bilibin - Illustration to the Tale of Tsar Saltan, 1905. Ivan Bilibin – Illustration to the Tale of Tsar Saltan, 1905.

Foreword.

The first post on ‘Western media coverage of Russia’ (and the third in ‘Russian Stereotypes’ series)reveals some reasons behind the #SochiProblems popularity. The second one will cover the relation between the image of Russia in the West and the collective self-image of Russians… as well as what I call the ‘Pussy Riot effect’.

Media clearly plays a very important if not crucial role in the process of constructing the image of a country and its people. Moreover, stereotypes and media are a match made in heaven. Russian stereotypes aren’t an exception. Certain agenda, (confirmation) bias, lack of knowledge or misconception of Russia(ns) in the Western media form a perception’ iron curtain, invisible yet rigid blinkers on the eyes which produce a simplified…

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