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Unformatted text preview: Public and Mass Society Ideal of the democratic public sphere Public discussion about the common good Mass media enlarges and animates discussion, linking face-to-face publics Mass Society disintegration of public debate Publics, like free associations, can be deliberately and suddenly smashed, or they can slowly wither away. But whether smashed or withered in a generation, the demise of the public must be seen in connection with the rise of centralized organizations, with all their new means of power, including those of the mass media of distraction. (Mills, 292.) **To what degree do you think a genuine public sphere exists in society today? How does mass media influence public debate? The Sociological Imagination Intersection of biography and history -The individual can understand his own experience and gauge his own fate only by locating himself within this period he can know his own chance in life only by becoming aware of all those individuals in his circumstances (Mills p.349) Three Core Questions 1. What is the structure of society as a whole, and how do its parts relate to each other? 2. Where does society stand in human history? How does it relate to other periods, and how is it changing?...
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- Fall '07
- Social Theory