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Media, Information and Technoculture
Media, Information and Technoculture 2200F/G
Alison Hearn

WEEK 5 IDEOLOGY A Contribution to the Critique of Political EconomyKarl MarxThe German IdeologyKarl Marx and Frederick EngelsIdeology and Ideological State AparatusesLouis AlthusserChapter 4 Marxisms pg 7088John StoryKarl MarxOrigins of Ideology Humans are innately creativeDialectical materialism the progressive selfcreation of humans in interaction with their material environment History is the story of this processthe continuous creation satisfaction and recreation of human needs and contexts Ideology is deeply bound up with politics domination and issues of power ItisnottheconsciousnessofmenthatdeterminestheirbeingbutonthecontrarytheirsocialbeingthatdeterminestheirconsciousnessKarlMarxPrefacetoAContributiontotheCritiqueofPoliticalEconomyConsciousness is a Social Product We are not born knowing how and what to thinkit is produced in and through our creative interaction with the material world Consciousness does not determine our life rather our life determines our consciousness Consciousness is a social productIn the social production of their life men enter into definite relations that are indispensable and independent of their will relations of production which correspond to a definite stage of development of their material productive forcesKarl Marx Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political E
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