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UNIT 2 NOTES - ± It’s easier to not think deeply about...

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1 Introduction to Journalism Dr. Fred Blevens Unit 2: The Critical Perspective Origins: The Frankfurt School Jewish scholars Challenged Hitler’s assumption that facism could lift up the Germans Seeds of the Holocaust Many died for their beliefs Survivors came to U.S. to establish the basis for critical perspective. Critical Perspective Hallmarks Questioning assumptions Christians better than Jews Tax cuts spur the economy for all Questioning the bounds of debate Jews aren’t part of the discussion The poor don’t get a voice Betterment of society All peoples treated with dignity/respect All taxpayers treated equally
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2 What Are the Implications? It’s easier not to question things It’s easier to accept assumptions It’s easier to assume the best in people It’s easier to be egocentric It’s easier to blame vulnerable populations
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Unformatted text preview: ± It’s easier to not think deeply about the issues Critical History ± Assumptions: ± White men write most history ± White men tend to be the heroes of most history ± People of color tend to be the villains of history ± Women are left out of most history ± The East ignores the West; the West ignores the East ± Most history is Eurocentric storytelling ± Critical Perspective: ± We have missed (and continue to miss) a lot ± Point A may connect to Point B, but A did not cause B ± History simply cannot be that simple Practice this, please ± Active, not passive, reading ± Turn on your critical sensibility ± Your text already is an alternative explanation ± What problems has Streitmatter introduced? ± What or Who is missing from his work? ± Who is Streitmatter, anyway...
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