SOC 233 November 28, 2011
Review on Postmodernists…
Postmodernists argue we are now living in a permanent state of virtual reality.
The world we are experiencing is becoming more artificial.
Class Example – Media & Crime
Crime expressed as a spectacle; sensationalized and seen as entertainment.
Media creates an image of crime for us.
eg) People will stand around and watch, take pictures, etc. as one gets beaten on a street,
instead of jumping in and helping.
Class Example – Death of a Princess
Death of Princess Diana.
Enormous outpouring of grief all over the world.
Were people really mourning a person? How is this possible as the majority of people do not
personally know her?
Mourning images or illusion of Princess Diana, more than Princess Diana herself.
Masculinity and femininity are discursively constructed.
Something that should be deconstructed.
Part II of Video : From Modernity to Postmodernity
Postmodernity: Fragmentation of established institutions in modernity.
Emphasis on media, as the focus is on consumption.
Copied images are becoming more important than the originals.
Media is NOT a mirror – It is the media that CREATES our reality.
Media Creates Reality
Images of gender (e.g., femininity) constantly fed through media.
Dominant Groups Media Ideology.
Mass production is finished; moving to diversity and fragmentation.
Media saturation constantly bombards us with CHOICES.
Choices are the foundation of the creation of an individual’s reality.
Hyperreality: World in media is more real than the world in itself.
People exist in a world in which they are constantly floating around in a sea of images.
Beyond the media representation, there exists some truth.
Note – We consume not only material goods, but ideologies as well.
Make up our iden