Pseudorealism or pseudo-realism as a term is in fact used most widely to
refer to such media-images which are not fully real and yet which appeal
to the viewers or the target audience. US media’s portrayal of a poor
war-torn Afganistan as an evil wild country is one such example;
justification of killings of thousands of Iraqi citizens in the name of
fighting terror is another.
pseudo-real portrayal of situations and events is not the monopoly of
the rich capitalist west. The entire East Block was standing once on
intense propaganda without allowing the citizens of these countries any
access to the media of the west.
Muslim world’s recent hullabaloo over the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad
also shows dependence on pseudo-real propagation of views. The
resentment against the cartoons, as it is now well known, was more a
result of three images which were not originally part of the
cartoon-series, but were probably circulated by the propagandists on
MF Hussain's paintings showing Bharat
Mata and other Hindu Goddesses in the nude is not something which the
artist himself had done. Yet an orchestrated attack on the artist in
recent times shows how vulnerable are the minds of the people who accept
any theory if supported by media imagery.