COMM 387 Study Guide Part 3 Readings

COMM 387 Study Guide Part 3 Readings - COMM 387-STUDY...

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COMM 387--STUDY GUIDE--Final Exam Readings: Chris Hedges “The Illusion of America” Chris Hedges “Buying Brand Obama” Chris Hedges “The Illusion of America” 1. Why does Hedges say he used to live in a country called America? 2. Why are our textbooks on political science and economics obsolete? 3. What happened to the population while the plundering was going on? 4. What has corporate power appropriated? 5. What did Karl Marx understand? 6. What happens to cultures who cannot distinguish between illusion and reality? 7. What era are we entering? 8. What drains the lifeblood out of the body politic? 9. What are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan doing back home? 10. What are choices for how we will cope with our decline? 11. What happened to our media and universities during the descent? 12. How is “inverted totalitarianism” different to “classical totalitarianism”? 13. According to Sheldon Wolin, what two things are incompatible with each other?
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14. According to Sheldon Wolin, what could mounting discontent and social unrest lead to? 15. In inverted totalitarianism, what does a comfortable standard of living, along with a vast entertainment industry that provides spectacles and appealing diversions, do to the citizenry? 16. Who can exploit the political passivity bred by a culture of illusion? 17. What puzzles Wolin about the present situation? 18. What is the difference between Left parties in Europe and the Left in America? 19. According to Charles Maier, when did the decline of American Empire begin? 20. Who are America’s most dangerous enemies? 21. What is the difference between the 17 th century and today in terms of how speculators are treated? 22. What will the oil and gas industry never allow us to achieve? 23. What is the social cost of massive military spending? 24. What happened when the Coast Guard spent $100 million to upgrade the Island Class boats? 25. What does Melman use the example of the New York City Transit Authority’s plan to spend $3— 4 billion for new subway cars to illustrate? 26. According to John Geyman, what is the problem with private health insurance?
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