What do we mean by democracy? Rule of the many. Social
decisions made by the people collectively, where all adults
are equals. Participation not based on how much property one
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: "We can have
democracy in this coun
We want to understand media. The role media play in our society, and why they play that
central nervous systems of societies
How do we best understand media?
Difficulty with grasping media effects.
Third person effect thesis: effects
We lived immerse in capitalism. We are told it is the natural
system for humanity, and that it is the only system suitable for
affluence and democracy. The pursuit of profit, by corporations or
individuals looking to enrich themselves, defines our times.
Historically, the stage between feudalism and industrial
capitalism is called Mercantilism.
Hegemony of merchant capital: M-C-M1 and finance
Move from the margins to the center
Based on trade and wealth being generated in
275: Lecture OneCivilization, Communication & Surplus
Development of communication.
Speech, language, writing, printing, telecommunication, film, broadcasting, Internet
a.significant effect upon human development.
arguably the single distinguishing cha