This week’s readings and film tackle The Political Use of Film as “history making” and “propaganda”, and asks us to think about some pretty heavy concepts dealing with how Ideology is created and maintained- by means of the media and the construction of a sense of identity and history.
Read Chapter 9 “The Terrorist Event” pages 111-130, and Chapter 11 “Restrepo” pages 140-145.
We are skipping Chapter 10 and 12, but feel free to read them on your own if you like the book and the concepts.
There will be a Gloss for this reading as well, as it can get pretty heavy.This week’s film is a classic in media studies and political science: “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media” : https://documentaryheaven.com/manufacturing-consent-political-economy-mass-media/ (Links to an external site.)
It is about the theories of Noam Chomsky, and was made with Chomsky’s support, but not by him. It essentially talks a lot about how a Society uses Mass Media to create an ideological worldview in its citizens- not just overt propaganda, but also subtle ways that preferences and beliefs are communicated. Chomsky focuses primarily on Western Countries and the US, because we rarely examine our own ideology and the ways our own societies work- it is too easy to say “oh, we don’t do that here”- but Chomsky’s main point is that ALL societies do this to a greater or lesser degree or in more subtle or a more overt fashion. In fact, in a Democracy, the use of power sometimes has to be more subtle since it has to “manufacture the consent” of the populace rather than simply control citizens the way a despotic government would.
Anyway, it is long, almost 3 hours, I would probably break it into 2 viewings. When watching, try to connect Chomsky’s ideas with the reading, and with things happening today—the film was made in 1992, and based on ideas mainly presented in Chomsky’s book “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media”, which was published in 1988.
2. Take 1 Example used in Manufacturing Consent, and find an article or online reference written in the last 10 years about it. Use MLA to cite your sources in a Works Cited page.
Summarize the article or reference and compare it to what was said in the film. Has the representation of the event or idea changed? If so How, and why do you think? If not, why wouldn’t it have?
This whole assignment should be only about 2 pages plus your works cited page.