RTF305Assignment1 - Bielamowicz 1 Katie Bielamowicz Assem...

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Bielamowicz 1 Katie Bielamowicz Assem Nasr, Hussam Kanaan (TA) RTF 305 #7935 18 September 2007 Assignment #1: Hegemony and Hero Hegemony is defined by James Lull as, “the power or dominance that one social group holds over others.” This theory is often applied to the media, in respect to the way that they determine the who, what, where, when, and whys of our current events. The media tells us what to believe and we, as citizens, trust them. But can we always portray the media as the ruthless dictators, deciding our journalistic fate? Not quite, because as citizens, we do still have a choice in the matter. Although hegemony in the media is much more clandestine than that of a communist dictatorship, it subtly sneaks in and conquers the headlines, keeping an air of common sense that catches the masses. The media does not threaten us to accept what they publish, we often concede due to its universal nature, consuming our ideology without us even realizing. Hegemony is quite present in the Dustin Hoffman film Hero . A satire mocking, but not only analyzing the cutthroat aura of journalism, Hero highlights the ease with which the media can misconstrue a story and declare it truth. The movie follows a washed-up low life in Bernie
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course RTF 305 taught by Professor Nasr during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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