Week 1 'we media’ and democracy

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Week 1 'we media’ and democracy

  1. 1. ‘We Media’ & Democracy
  2. 2.  In what ways is British society democratic? (3 min.) Democracy
  3. 3.  In what ways is British society democratic? (3 min.)  In what ways is British society not democratic? (3 min.) Democracy
  4. 4.  In what ways is British society democratic? (3 min.)  In what ways is British society not democratic? (3 min.)  What is Democracy? Democracy (3 min.)
  5. 5.  The issue with Democracy is that it is very debatable in terms of what it exactly means and what it should entitle us as citizens too. Democracy
  6. 6.  The issue with Democracy is that it is very debatable in terms of what it exactly means and what it should entitle us as citizens too.  For the purpose of this unit, it is best to adopt a somewhat critical perspective towards democracy- to understand that as citizens we have very little real input into what the government does. Democracy
  7. 7. Argues that the public have very little access to what should be public informationessentially, that we have a ‘Spectator’ Democracy.  Further argues that there is an elitist media system that helps for this system to prevail- often through propaganda  Noam Chomsky
  8. 8. Endorsement of Chomsky?
  9. 9.  ‘It’s all about power, of course. In the end’ - Roger Silverstone How does this relate to Media?
  10. 10. Traditional ProducerAudience Relationship
  11. 11. New ProducerAudience Relationship?
  12. 12.  Think of at least 2 examples of why audiences have become more powerful and/or producers have become less powerful? Power Shift?
  13. 13. David Gauntlett summarised the idea of WEB 2.0 In a nutshell, Gauntlett says that we now have an ability to be more creative and with more freedom (linking to greater happiness). WEB 2.0 allows for faster, more collaborative creativity, and feeds a desire to be connected. Watch this video to help us understand… WEB 2.0
  14. 14. The book is about how the proliferation of grassroots internet journalists (bloggers) has changed the way news is handled. One of the book's main points is that a few big media corporations cannot control the news we get any longer, now that news is being published in real-time, available to everybody, via the Internet. The book received widespread praise from the demographic it covered, and mixed reviews elsewhere. Dan Gilmoor
  15. 15. A Quick Recap Chomsky: - we live in a spectatorship democracy - the media ensures that this system remains in place  Media Power: - traditionally media has been about producers telling/having power over audiences. This has changed somewhat 
  16. 16. ‘We Media’ As the name implies this refers to media that we (‘normal’ citizens) are able to make.  The debate is whether these are able to lead to a more democratic system of media and what implications this has for wider society 
  17. 17. Objective Develop an understanding and appreciation for the (relatively recent) changes in the media.

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