Post your “MEDIA” topical homework here:

  1. Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  2. Post a link or citation for at least one article per week on your topic (you should have actually read it, and it will help your teammates if you add some comment as to what interested you).

Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team.

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6 Responses to “Media”

  1. janeweed Says:

    Eisler once more describes the role of media in enforcing the dominant (and dominator) system:

    “There’s the constant media message that what is good for the rich and powerful is good for the masses. There are all the media stories telling us that for the United States to be competitive in the global economy, workers’ wages and benefits must be cut.” (p. 205)

    It’s interesting how Eisler’s book, published in 2007, anticipates the current economic crisis.

  2. janeweed Says:

    Eisler presents a critique of modern corporations that alludes to the role of advertising in perpetuating consumerism:

    “… today’s megacorporations have become instruments for the domination system by further consolidating the concentration of economic power. They control markets, making the idea of a free market a fiction. Their powerful advertising strategies shape consumer purchasing patterns to enrich their coffers. Through both legal and illegal support for politicians, they control many government policies, obtain massive tax-funded subsidies, and successfully oppose environmental and labor regulations.”
    (p. 161)

  3. janeweed Says:

    As I read the second assignment of Eisler’s “Real Wealth of Nations” I wondered if one could find examples of “partnership” models of media versus “domination” models of media.

    Based on a number of sources, it appears that the internet represents to many an opportunity to transcend the “information monopoly” held by the mass media and “create public spaces of dissent” through “the “social web” – epitomized by blogs, viral videos, and YouTube.” My friend Megan Boler, a media critic in academe, goes so far as to claim that these media “create(s) new pathways for truth to emerge and make(s) possible new tactics for media activism.” http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/tps/Boler/ Also click on “current research”

  4. janeweed Says:

    Riane Eisler in The Real Wealth of Nations identifies one manifestation of media as a source of discontent in society: “… greed and a sense of needing ever more material goods and status are also artificially produced by the domination system. And this sense of never having enough is today further fueled by advertising campaigns that create artificial, even harmful, needs and demands.” (p. 33)

  5. seatruth Says:

    Just getting a jump on the gun with the topic I am most interested in. I nanny full time and find that this is a particularly hot topic among parents and experience the differences of children who watch TV and those who don’t. Just wanted to pass along this link to focus on this particular medium of media

    http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/yourchild/TV.htm#brain

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