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CH 6 - Critical Media Studies: An Introduction (Ott & Mack)

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Ted Petit

Chapter 6Cultural AnalysisCHAPTER 6 Cultural AnalysisKey Terms American DreamThe unquestioned assumption that hard work leads to success and that success is measured in terms of economic wealth AssimilationThe process of white washing ethnic diversity by dehistoricizing cultural difference Conspicuous consumptionThe belief that one can obtain the kind of happiness of completeness often conceived as upper class through the purchase of material goods and services Cultural StudiesAn interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture that seeks to understand how the relations of power are enacted reified and challenged CultureThe collection of the artifacts practices or beeliefs of a particular group of people at a particular moment in history supported by symbolic systems and directed by ideology Differencethe depiction of others who are subordinate to but a source of pleasure for US American tourists and consumers DoxaCultural knowledge that is accepted as common sense the realm of takenforgranted ExclusionThe symbolic annihilation of various cultural groups through erasure or under representation ExoticismImages of foreign land or bodies that romanticize or mystify other cultures HegemonyThe process by which one ideology subverts other competing ideologies and gains cultural dominance InterpellationThe process by which individuals are turned into ideological subjects MythA sacred story or type of speech that reaffirms and reproduces ideology in relation to an object OtheringThe process of marginalizing minorities by defining them in relation to the majority which is assumed to be the norm StereotypeA misleading and reductionistic representation of a cultural groupStructure of feelingThe sum of the subtle and nuanced aspects of historical culture those aspects not obviously or completely captured in the artifacts of a societyIntroductionmedia texts like newspapers and TV shows present a skewed version of society in regards to race gender sexuality etcthe world views presented in the media are often those of socially powerful groups
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