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Reading Media Critically COMM 3300.002

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Reading Media Critically COMM 3300.002 Comm 3300-002

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Brief description and example on Sociological critique and media
Reading Media Critically
Lisa Bell
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nicholas Notetaker on Thursday April 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Comm 3300-002 at University of Texas at Dallas taught by Lisa Bell in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Reading Media Critically in Communication Studies at University of Texas at Dallas.

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Date Created: 04/07/16
Reading Media Critically April 7th, 2016 Sociological critique:  how different races, gender, class, etc. are represented or over represented or under  represented  pulls all things together (catch all)  talks about media effect research  uses/gratification ­> drives of the people What are the reasons why people watch TV? What happens when reality shows contain freak show quality or freak show aspects? TLC?  designed to build empathy and understanding  makes people feel better about themselves Durkheim  Doubles­ society exists with people but society is also in us  judges self but also society builds standards  what is seen as right or appropriate  look at how people are represented in media as a social group Functional vs. dysfunctional  manifest functions­ recognized and intended  latent function­ not intended or recognized by the people  Media shapes expectations lead to the idea of society being inside of us  Manifest function of TV is entertainment!  types of people who are represented are latent functions  Culture is composed of meaning, not by things In culture, you get definitions of people and the social roles that are defined Socialization­ teaching people the roles of society  Status­ position in the group and the prestige along with the group Bureaucracy­ anonymous people following rules blindly and impersonally  Bureaucracies lead to two things:  alienation­ interpersonal  anomic­ no clear explanation of people acting selfishly Assimilation:  Assimilation­ adopting other social norms  Being true to society/culture or choosing to assimilate  If assimilation is denied then that individual becomes alienated I suggest watching the Boondocks episode thanks for not snitching and applying these  sociological analytical processes to the episode when looking at class and race, particularly when viewing Riley *) fair warning, show uses the use of the N­word and contains foul language and is rated M


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