February 14 Mass Media and the Public Sphere

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Mass Media and the Public Sphere February 14 2008
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What is the mass media? A common way of understanding – a large audience of shared interest How audiences received news and information Mass implies a distinct, historically grounded understanding of the relationship between media, content, and audience How does media – arrange our lives, alter our way of “seeing” the world, change our sense of time, enable political and social agency?
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Mass as historical idea Arises during the growth of industrial capitalism in the 19 th century Became attached to the growth of television after WWII Industrialization and urbanization changed society The workplace; overcrowding – social conditions that coincided with the rise of broadcasting
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Problems with the mass media The rise of propaganda via broadcasting An instrument of unification; the “society of the spectacle” (Debord) – the importance of representation The Frankfurt School of critical theorists
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course MDST 201 taught by Professor Hayden during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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