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peter lindsay

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Is the information revolution polarising western society?

It seems to me that as the young and the computer savvy get more and more information online, the mainstream media (commercial TV Newspapers) are becoming progressively more conservative and facile in their coverage of world events. I assume they consider a balanced point of view is no longer necessary. Perhaps progressive thinkers should make a point of watching conservative leaning news channels. They might be more balanced if they think their audience would like it.


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    Mar 15 2012: The content of the current media culture is often blind to a young person’s cultural,
    economic and educational background. The concept of a media culture has evolved
    owing to the increased volume, variety and importance of mediated signs and messages and the interplay of interlaced meanings. In the world of young people, the
    media are saturated by popular culture and penetrate politics, the economy, leisure
    time and education. At present, the global media culture is a pedagogic force that has
    the potential to exceed the achievements of institutionalized forms of education. As
    Henry Giroux puts it:
    “With the rise of new media technologies and the global reach of the
    highly concentrated culture industries, the scope and impact of the
    educational force of culture in shaping and refiguring all aspects of
    daily life appear unprecedented. Yet the current debates have generally ignored the powerful pedagogical influence of popular culture,
    along with the implications it has for shaping curricula, questioning
    notions of high-status knowledge, and redefining the relationship
    between the culture of schooling and the cultures of everyday life.”

    The concept of media culture encompasses not simply symbolic combinations
    of immaterial signs or capricious currents of old and new meanings, but an entire way
    of life

    in which images, signs, texts and other audio-visual representations are connected with the real fabric of material realities, symbols and artificialities.

    Media culture is pervasive; its messages are an important part of the everyday
    lives of young people, and their daily activities are structured around media use. The
    stories and images in the media become important tools for identity construction. A
    pop star provides a model for clothing and other style choices, and language used by
    a cartoon character becomes a key factor in the street credibility of young people.
    Under the present circumstances, there are few places left in the world where one
    might escape the

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