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Unformatted text preview: #3 Critique of Repressive Tolerance in Today’s Media Landscape From Jersey Shore to CNN media encompasses a wide swath of culture and information. It can be vulgar or enlightening. In today’s world it can be at a person’s fingertips virtually instantaneously. They can even create and be a part of media itself. Marcuse believed that because of people’s tolerance of all types of media that any opinion could be heard and has to be taken at the same value as all the others. This tolerance isn’t necessarily alive today. Focusing primarily on political media there is probably less tolerance than there has ever been. While according to Marcuse this would be somewhat of a good thing, filtering out the stupid and protecting the intelligent, it isn’t a good thing creating artificially divisive opinions. There is however still tolerance like Marcuse talked about but only within certain networks. In this case Marcuse is correct that pure tolerance isn’t a good thing. Marcuse argues that media gives tolerance to all even for things that are not worthy of such attention, which causes the balance of how one should respond to media to shift. That which might need a large amount of emotion, say a report of genocide, is reported emotionlessly, which will seem equal in comparison to the report next to it on how another politician got caught in a sex scandal. In context to the genocide, where a politician sticks his junk is almost negligible. But because they are both given tolerance by the newspaper and the reader they carry the same weight. This according to Marcuse is why pure tolerance cannot be tolerated. It suffocates the important in the drudge of the insignificant. To tolerate all which is media, to let all of it survive is what is truly inhuman. It is passing misinformation off as truth. This is exists today, but it is also missing where it truly should be. Marcuse wrote his essay in 1965. A lot has changed since that time, with the advent of 24-hour news channels, Internet and social media, information and opinions on that information has gotten much faster and in much larger volume. Politics by nature draws lines and creates conflict. People have beliefs and values and they have to make judgments based on the information given to them. In today’s world that information is usually found make judgments based on the information given to them....
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course COM 143 taught by Professor Becker during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.
- Fall '08