2000 Review Session
Innis oral society. Monopoly of knowledge. 2 biases – space and time bias
Eisenstein – the rise of reading the newspaper contributing to the decline of religion. The
rise of silent instructors because oral speaking becoming a thing of the past. People read
as opposed to listening to someone talk.
Carey – two alternative conceptions of communications. 1) transmission view imparting
of giving information to others. Spreading information as power 2) the ritual view of
communication more not the actual content of the information but the information in
general. Linked to terms of just sharing and a common faith. This is in relation to a
Sotiron – shift from educational journalism to sensationalistic views of the news. News as
no longer a public educator but more of a profit seeker. Yellow Journalism. Trying to gain
the most audience in a capitalist society.
Robinson – the patent medicines and how they used false claims “improving health if you
chew gum” provides not only physical claims but psychological ones as well. Use
nostalgia to c