Short Lessons on Cultural Studies
This video help us understand where power comes from, how it is exercised and how can one read and write power.
Secondly,let us see what Noam Chomsky has to say about Mass Media. He gives “Five Filters.”
1. Media Ownership
3. Media Elite
5. The Common Enemy
One must read these filters in detail to understand how power makes use of mass media to create the illusion of Democracy. Click here to read about it in details.
Chomsky and Herman’s book offers a surgical analysis of the ways corporate mass media “manufactures consent” for a status quo the majority of people do not actually want. Yet for all of the recent agonizing over mass media failure and complicity, we don’t often hear references to Manufacturing Consent these days.
This videos explains this - 'Manufacturing Consent'.
It seems that the media theory and criticism like Chomsky’s, or the work of Marshall McLuhan, Theodor Adorno, or Jean Baudrillard (all thought provoking critics of Culture), has fallen out of favor in a 140-character world. Never-the-less, we can understand our times in a better way with their cultural lenses.
Well, if this interests you and if you are hungry to know more, watch this amazing debate between Michael Foucault and Noam Chomsky on 'Human Nature and Power' (1971):
Here is the highlights of what he said in this video:
- The core principle and requirement of a fulfilled human being is the ability to inquire and create constructively, independently, without external controls.
- A true education opens a door to human intellectual freedom and creative autonomy.
- It’s not important what we cover in the class; it’s important what you discover.
- To be truly educated means to be resourceful, to be able to “formulate serious questions” and “question standard doctrine, if that’s appropriate”…. It means to “find your own way.