CULTURAL STUDIES

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Stuart Hall

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3 Main Concepts

Critical theory, interpretive, manufacture of consent

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What does Hall BELIEVE?

Media = myth of democratic pluralism, suspicious of ignoring power relationships, unmask power imbalances in society, mass media does media hegemony

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Manufacture of Consent

Management of public opinion; ordinary people need guidance for flourishing democracy

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Critical theory and cultural studies relationship

Close cousins

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Meaning via Discourse

-Signs made through comm. + culture. -Controlling media convinces audience share same views via discourse -Powerful media purveys meaning of dominant ideas

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Discourse

Frameworks of interpretation

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Discursive Information

Process where unquestioned and seemingly natural ways of interpreting the world turn into ideologies

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Cultural Studies Validity

-If it deconstructs current media establishment that fails to deal with ideology -Liberates people from unknowingly learning dominant ideologies of the culture -If the ability to raise our consciousness of media's role preserves status quo

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Herbert Gans

-Published stories around same time as Hall on what news stories makes the headlines and why -Supported Hall's work -Says there's values, publishing procedures to ensure headlines reflects those in power

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5 Steps of Deciding What's News

-Sources of news: news comes from people with power -Individualism: Americans value stories about individual effort -Ethnocentrism: stories that don't make our country look bad -Democratic processes: every story is dichotomy/simple "who won or lost?"; nothing is solved -Objectivity: Strong commitment to reporting news w/o bias or taking sides

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Category

interpretive; critical

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Hegemony

society's haves vs. what it lacks (have-nots)

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