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Department
Theatre & Film Studies
Course
THTRFLM 1T03
Professor
Peter Cockett
Semester
Winter

Description
1T03 week 3(2): Cultural Products/ Producers of Culture  01/23/2014 The Frankfurt School • Mass culture supports regimes of power • One-way, vertical conception of communication/influence • Audience = gullible • This is not sophisticated understanding of cultural process, but idea of influence key • Powerful people come up with work of art, which they use to influence the masses Hollywood Today • are you being manipulated by theatre/film today? Whether you think our art forms ARE being used in this way or not, you have to accept that theatre /film CAN be used in this way Birmingham School of Cultural Studies More complex understanding – culture as a web of interactions Culture is not “natural”, it is born of ideologies and creates/affirms ideologies Ideology: a way we have decided to see ourselves and our world – our beliefs about how the world is Dominant or Normative Ideologies The ideology supported by the people in power Define what is “normal” on central issues Race relations Class identity gender identity/relations sexuality
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