If you had any interest in Syria prior to 2011, why not watch some Syrian documentary films of the past ? Like those of the great and famous giant of Syrian documentary cinema, filmmaker Omar Amiralay, hardly someone who has anything to do with mainstream media whatsoever. Get yourself educated in Syrian culture, art and history: A Flood in a Baath Country (2003) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9a9pPZTwmc banned by the Assad regime. Reem Ali’s “Zabad” 2006 https://vimeo.com/78716974. Or Hala Mohammed’s “Journey into Memory” (2010) http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2010/07/20107411724695523.html. Just a very small selection of resistance Syrian documentary filmmakers prior to 2011.