MIT 2200 Textbook Notes and Additional Tutorial Notes -Jan 16th- Culturalism

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

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MIT 2200 Tutorial 1­ Culturalism­ Jan 16 th TA: John Bosco Mayiga  [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30­1:00pm NCB 446A ­The industrial revolution brings about more than just the upper class, the working class  is involved in the culture.   ­Changes the structure of housing (people moving to live beside the factories) ­Concern about social order changing and causing disturbance to society because of too  much power in the hands of too many.   ­Thinks it’s important to use education as a way to distinguish classes and to put society  back to normal after the industrial revolution Leavis+Arnold are thinking about the upper class th Leavis: lives in the earliest 20  century when things have changed technology­wise  (advertising and media becomes a big cultural invasion) ­He is much more concerned about the advertising of what high culture is.   ­He believes that everything is crap in the media, as if it is a cheap knock off.  It makes  people lose sense of true quality knowledge. ­He was concerned about the fact that he thought not everyone deserved to have  education ­How social order is ruptured and distorted in the time of social media and consumerism.  Post War: Culturalism Movement  Hoggart:  ­Still thinks in terms of class.  However unlike Arnold and Leavis he is not thinking about  the upper class.  He focuses on the working class. ­Still worries about the industrialization  ­Worries about if the entertainment and the working class culture that has emerged is  lacking substance and true knowledge.   ­He thinks the over excitement of the films and newspapers is not good.   ­Education is still a key to order that is threatened by the mass media in society Williams: ­Culture is not about class for him.  He is very different than the other critics ­There is no high or low culture.   ­It is a whole way of life, everything that anyone does depen
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