mass media’s sole role?
There are a few key books to read if you wanna know more about the media and how it works and what it does. Simply put, the media is:
However, many people believe that corporate media — owned mostly by very rich and powerful men — comprises of:
To be honest, not all media outlets are the same as each other (see reviews of the key newspapers and news magazines here). As I say elsewhere on this site, news should be printed without fear and without favour. What do I mean by this? Well I mean that we shouldn’t need to be afraid to report the whole truth and nothing but the truth and, we shouldn’t show favouritism (especially if under duress or as a consequence of bribery).
The books I recommend are:
Herman, E. S., & Chomsky, N. (1988).
Media and Democracy
Curran, J. (Ed). (2011).
The Shock Doctrine
Klein, N. (2007).
Lippmann, W. (1922).
The Conquest of Bread
Kropotkin, P. (1892).
To end with, I’ll quote:
“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.”
“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”
— Karl Marx
“Social media is the opium of the millennials onward.”
— Anna Bidoonism
Deepfake is an AI-based technology used to produce or alter video content so that it presents something that didn’t actually happen. But now we can call anything a deep fake! I mean, who knows what’s real and what’s not.
of benefit to one and (hopefully) all…
Audio one, Liberalism in Retreat by Robin Niblett
Audio two, China and the World by Evan A. Feigenbaum
In economics, philosophy and political science, the ‘common good’ tends to relate to what is shared and beneficial to (most) members of a given community (or economy or group of countries).
Feigenbaum, E. A. (2017). China and the World. Foreign Affairs, 96(1), 33–40
Niblett, R. (2017). Liberalism in Retreat. Foreign Affairs, 96(1), 17–24
Grant Wood (1891-1942), American Gothic, 1930
The 1930’s, think of the Great Depression; think of the lead up to WWII.
p.s. ‘Ubique’ is Latin for “everywhere,” and tends to imply omnipresence (the property of being present everywhere). Think of the adjective ‘ubiquitous.’ e.g., “Nowadays, smartphones are ubiqitous.”