In the last several years, it has become increasingly apparent that social media and the rapid proliferation of online communication has had a significant influence on the U.S. political process. Despite the ongoing tendency to refer to the Internet as a "virtual world" that somehow exists wholly separately from the so-called "real world" the fact … Continue reading Facebook – The World’s Largest Communication Lab?
Herman and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model offers an explanation of the processes that are involved with the production of news media. In the essay, they describe the mechanism by which mass media messages pass through a successive series of filters before they ever reach the public. In other words, the content that audiences see on Television … Continue reading A Propaganda Model
Just a few days ago, Nike unveiled the latest iteration of their "Just Do It" campaign. Over the course of the 2ish minute advertisement, multiple inspiring stories are shared–and dare the audience to set lofty goals, and dream ambitious dreams. The final voiceover at the end of the clip speaks directly and states, "don't ask … Continue reading Just Meme It
All film is political. All media is ideological. The texts that we read, watch, and otherwise consume all affect us in specific ways. These are general platitudes that seem to permeate all aspects of media theory. And this is no exception for scholars who were working in the mid-twentieth century, trying to make sense of … Continue reading Baudry’s Aparatus and Adorno’s Culture Industry