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Department
Communication
Course
CMN3109
Professor
Andr� Champagne
Semester
Winter

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Lecture 4 Learning Intentions ­ Talking about issues of the day is healthy in democracy – democracy depends on it! ­ Mass media and globalization has reduced the public sphere ­ Not enough different voices to question Critical Theory: Frankfurt school American mass culture and the Frankfurt school ­ Most influential school of Habermas’ thought  ­ Frankfurt school says that all modern societies, esp advanced capitalist north  American society, are victims of authoritarianism, especially fascism (state with  terrorist domination) and totalitarianism (total state control) ­ All modern societies, esp capitalism society, is where exploitation happens the  most (e.g. Labour)  Marx & the Frankfurt school ­ The Frankfurt school turned to Freudian psychology (Oedipus complex) to  explain why the workers’ revolution did not happen in advanced capital
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