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Com 140: Trusting the media: Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent

These videos are related to today’s discussion about Issue 8. We will watch in class, but there are hear for you to watch again.



The entire documentary should be available here: http://www.hulu.com/embed/eajSk7w6smi6fM7gmkNnFw. (Segments continuing from what you watched are available on youtube as well.)

Discussion Questions: Is Chomsky a conspiracy theorist or does he have valid points? In the third video segment it’s pointed out that Chomsky has never worked for a newspaper before. Given the conversations we had in classes and the theories we discussed about what may influence news, does it matter (should it matter) if media critics/news analysts do or do not have media experience? What other reactions do you have to watching the video clips?

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Fake journalism gone too far?

The Onion seems to have gone a step too far in it’s “reporting,” causing police involvement. The reporting and tweets issued by the paper caused this statement

“It has come to our attention that recent twitter feeds are reporting false information concerning current conditions at the U.S. Capitol,” Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said in a statement, “Conditions at the U.S. Capitol are currently normal. There is no credibility to these stories or the twitter feeds. The U.S. Capitol Police are currently investigating the reporting.”

(Above quote taken from ABC news.)

After reading the issues for today, anyone have any thoughts?

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Issue 1: Are American Values Shaped by the Mass Media?

If you find you weren’t able to talk about something regarding this issue tonight in class, please leave your thoughts in the comments.

Some key questions to consider:

  • How do we define American Values, or American Culture? What exactly does this mean? What contradictions exist in our definitions of American values/culture?
  • What does it mean to have “choice”?
  • Does neutrality exist and should we expect it of key social institutions?
  • What makes humans, humans? (Fun fact: BBC America’s Being Human actually plays at this question in a supernatural light.)
  • If Carey is right and values aren’t shaped by mass media, where do they come from? What role does media play?

You may also elect to leave comments on digital fatigue here. Honestly I think I’m more than just digitally fatigued, more like an all around fatigue!

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