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Unformatted text preview: Cult Thru Film Film Notes: Week Two MASS MEDIA: DEVELOPING A CRITICAL AWARENESS AND ANALYSIS A. Self-Censorship vs. Conspiracy Chomsky proposes a critical theory of the mass media that is not based on some sort of conspiracy theory. Rather, the model presented locates the biases of the media as operating within a system of self- censorship. B. The Matrix of Power 1. The Mass Media is a gigantic and influential entity, controlled and operated by corporate and governmental interests, which can be used (at times) to marginalize and control the public. 2. It is important to be aware that if the processes or the matrix of power were easy to trace/ identify then it would be an easy target: multiple interests are in operation. 3. Some scholars, such as Foucault, believe the centres of power are not locatable due to the immense web of power and interest involved. According to Foucault, the wheel of power has no centre.immense web of power and interest involved....
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2009 for the course ANTHRO 106 taught by Professor Harper during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).
- Spring '08