Under Western Eyes, Chandra Mahonty

In our more recent set of readings, we have identified how media represents not only the realities that we directly interpret in our daily lives, but also those that we observe from a distance. Domestic issues are framed in very specific ways in terms of what is said and how, but this is not exclusive […]

The Precession of Simulacra, Jean Baudrillard

Throughout the readings for this course, we have seen how media prevalence affects how we view the world, how we react to it and ultimately how we are constructed to live in a way that sustains the hegemony. What we  know about reality is constructed for us and framed in a way that we are […]

British Cultural Studies and the Pitfalls of Identity, Paul Gilroy

If stereotyping helps define the dominant order by excluding a marginalized other, then the concept of a national identity may not be too different. This is what Paul Gilroy explains in his piece “British Cultural Studies and the Pitfalls of Identity.” By looking into the social construction of national identity, he questions what purpose it serves […]

Stereotyping, Richard Dyer

Examples of stereotyping are everywhere in the media. We’ve discussed how gendering the commodity audience can mean pigeonholing a certain viewership and interpolating for them their expected behaviors and lifestyle choices. We also know from everyday experiences that stereotypes are often combatted with dismissal of both the idea and the holder of this belief. Richard Dyer goes […]

On Television, Pierre Bourdieu

Like the advent of the radio before it, the emergence of television news broadcast changed the media and communications landscape in a pioneering way. The rise of national, international and 24-hour news cycles in the past few decades alone have changed the way the public expects the media to function. Pierre Bourdieu examines the state […]

The Aristocracy of Culture, Pierre Bourdieu

When we talk about the inequalities within a certain social group, it’s important to take into account the idea of cultural capital. According to Pierre Bourdieu’s ideas in his essay “The Aristocracy of Culture,” this means stocks of cultural knowledge to produce a certain type of performance used to fit in with the dominant model. This includes […]