Comm 122 Lecture 4

Comm 122 Lecture 4 - Communication 122 January 14, 2008...

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Communication 122 January 14, 2008 Lecture 4 Outline: 1. Introduction to Habermas 2. Commitment to democracy 3. Communication as a rational practice 4. Universalist ethics 5. Post-industrial societies a system vs. lifeworld to modernism 6. Enlightenment political agenda 7. Fundamentalism ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Habermas o Fankfurt school – Marxist background; critique of modern western society as negative – mass media as entertainment and loss of knowledge or positive change o Critical theorist o Marxists - Can emancipate people (change them for the better- a better society) – not just keep but change for the better o Communicative rationality – not political overthrow and such o Need to have undistorted communication for a better society Commitment to Democracy o Committed to democracy for positive social change (otherwise social change is not possible) o Democracy - Examine yourself through communication and dialogue
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