UNIT 2 NOTES

UNIT 2 NOTES - ± It’s easier to not think deeply about the issues Critical History ± Assumptions ± White men write most history ± White men

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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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This note was uploaded on 06/05/2011 for the course MMC 3602 taught by Professor Suris during the Spring '10 term at FIU.

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UNIT 2 NOTES - ± It’s easier to not think deeply about the issues Critical History ± Assumptions ± White men write most history ± White men

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