On Wisteria Lane in 'Desperate Housewives,' minority Carlos Solis runs a successful ad agency and mother of five Lynette Scavo has an interior decorating business. That snapshot of American life is winning the hearts and minds of young Muslims around the world, reports New York Magazine.
Such bits of American pop culture are broadcast on Saudi Arabian television, along with Arabic subtitles. Youth in Saudi Arabia have a voracious interest in all things American, particularly the values which are very different from theirs.
What they bear witness to on American television is a world of limitless opportunity. The individual like Carlos can overcome a rigid social order in which 'white people' had the power to become economically successful enough to live the good life on Wisteria Lane. Females like Lynette don't have to be restricted by their role as child bearer. Yes, it's possible for women in America to have their children, a great husband, and their small business too.
American television could be the best tool in the war on terror. The new generation of Muslims are introduced to western ideas which are very appealing.