Critical Commentary- After 3 Days of Violence, City in Myanmar Counts the Dead

Posted on March 25, 2013 by

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In Thomas Fuller’s article “After 3 Days of Violence, City in Myanmar Counts the Dead,” a religious rioting was being concluded after three days between two religions; Buddhism and Muslim.  In the rioting, they have counted 32 deaths so far and suspect there to be plenty more.  Finding bodies charred to a point that they were unidentifiable.

Throughout negative impressions, the first paragraph and headlines give an undermining perspective because of the violence involved.  The insight prepared by the article displays a heart-wrenching feeling because of the devastation between the two religions and how violent it actually is.  The illustrations used depict the article very well showing the sadness and disparity being felt among the communities.

The article spoke much of the deaths that occurred in Myanmar and the reports of how the community was reacting to the violence.  Reporters explained the activity as almost unbelievable because of the uncollected amounts of deaths not only on the streets and other surrounding areas, but in schools as well.  Reports also claimed that most of the damage adhered was in Muslim neighborhoods.  Through the tone of sadness in the article, not many stereotypes were used but one that could be referred to as one was, “The rioting has also raised the specter of radical Buddhists’ undermining the multiethnic fabric of the country.”  This quote make it sounds like the Buddhists had most control over the Muslims in this situation.

Both opinion and reports are revealed throughout the article by a couple of different sources, economically and socially, some claiming the death tolls and other portraying the views of the city after attack.  An example of this is, “U Win Naing, a reporter for a newspaper in Meiktila, said by telephone that the actual death toll would probably be significantly higher.”  These accusations display the tragedy of this event.

Throughout the mixed emotions displayed, the Buddhism community seem to be the “bad” guys and the Muslims come off to be the “good” guys.  Even looking at the gallery of pictures displayed, the reader can tell the emotions given off because of how drastic the Myanmar violence portrays.

Because of the different forms of reportings and media coverage, the influences of the content are disturbing.  This is because not only are the reporters evaluated, but the president had to be involved to “impose a state of emergency.”

In addition to the recent news I come across living in the United States, hearing and reading about the violence between two different religions other than the ones I am used to is different to me.  The general attitude is somewhat radical because it makes it seems like nothing happens outside of “religion context.”

After reading and evaluating the article, I believe this is an attention grabber because of how drastic it actually is.  It’s almost war like- the death numbers definitely make the article prominent because of how many there are, and how many they don’t know about.

Thomas Fuller, “After 3 Days of Violence, City in Myanmar Counts the Dead,” New York Times, 3/23/13.

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