3-16 &17 German ideology and the culture industry

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Critical Theory The problem of democratic communication Communication = Discursive reflection Communicative ability to raise question Problems = Hegemony, ideology; systematically distorted speech situation Power and domination Critical Theory – a “societal” perspective
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Critical Theory and Deetz Deetz’s systems model Uses cybernetics and phenomenology How is critical theory incorporated? Focus on issues of power Emphasizes open conversation Need for questioning Space for inclusive participation Communication as an ongoing process
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Critical Theory – The Frankfurt School “Traditional and Critical Theory” – Horkheimer – 1937 A program of study Institut für Sozialforschung (Institute of Social Research) University of Frankfurt Columbia University (1936)
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“Critique” Kant – critical philosophy Critique of Pure Reason, Practical Reason, Judgement A self-reflective posture to knowledge and understanding Marx – “The critique of political economy” Das Capital Ideology critique Unmask systematically concealed interests
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Critical Theory Today Frankfurt School – Critical Theory was a form of Marxism Today this connection is not as strongly emphasized Dominant material and ideological forces can perpetuate injustices in the world critical cultural studies, feminist theory, new social movement theories (postcolonial theory and queer theory) as well as more traditional theories of political economy.
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Karl Marx & Frederick Engels 1818-1883 1820-1895
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2009 for the course COMM 3210 taught by Professor Craig during the Fall '08 term at Colorado.

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