Western Media’s Portrayal of Non-Western Countries

Before I did my research on Colombia, the first thing that came to mind when thinking of Colombia is drugs, violence, and Pablo Escobar. I thought the country was unsafe. Until my friend told me otherwise and it was a beautiful country despite the media’s portrayal. A bit of research sided with my friends opinion.

I’ve only been here for a day, and so far, I’ve had a wonderful time. The capital city is beautiful, the people are welcoming, and the food is delicious.

As I’ve written about previously, I’ve watched many episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown in preparation for my trip. What the show does so well is portray the reality of many countries, like Colombia, beyond the media’s portrayal.

I noticed that Western media portrays most non-western countries (with the exception of a few like Japan, South Korea, Singapore and others) in a bad light. When in fact the reality is much different.

April 20, 2022 · South America 2022

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