American Popular Culture Culture and Popular Culture Popular culture is consumed through interaction in the social media that includes television programs, movie theaters and virtual social networks. From the media, interests lie in the political developments and discussion concerning governance. These media satisfy appetite for political information while guiding an understanding on the national issues and choices made.
Media sources in current culture are construed as important as they communicate the dominant ideology promoted by the bourgeois which the lower-class public should adhere to as the correct social norm (Kress, 1988). The medium which these ideologies are shown in are important, as different medium are used by different
Malcolm Gladwell argues through social media “the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coordinate and give voice to their concerns,” but ultimately concedes this collaboration doesn’t provide enough social motivation to act (Gladwell,
The dissertation Spring Awakening, transcribed by Jose Antonio Vargas, can be beheld by the progressive ramifications cyberspace and newfangled apparatuses have to contribute to one’s epoch. Coupled with the fixation of a singular named Ghonim who had written a “fast-paced engrossing new memoir of political awakening”, which had contributed to
Polarization, populism, and erosion of democracy are all occurring. It Is important then to look at the relationship between these three things, and their potential to cause further issues. As I hope I made clear in my discussion of polarization there is a real threat to democracy that
Del Rosso, Jared. “Toxicity of Torture: The Cultural Structure of US Political Discourse of Waterboarding.” Social Forces 93.1 (2014): 382-404. Cheat Sheet: Tumblr Takes the White House: How Social Media is Changing Politics.” Newstex Finance and Accounting Blogs 10 June 2014. Web. 1 Nov. 2015. This article discusses how media influence is also used in other media outlets such as Tumblr and Twitter. Usually media bias is viewed in the context of newspapers and news programs, but now politics are now being incorporated in Tumblr to influence voters. President Obama is using media outlets such as Tumblr in order to appeal to a certain age demographic and influence young voters by “playing to his audience’s preferences.” The president is not the only one to start using these tactics; many foreign governments are starting to incorporate them as well because social media is such a powerful tool.
This transformation of power is easier to get, harder to use and easier to lose” pg 2. The connectivity of people communicating and collaborating with one another has caused a shift in power. Our digital age has made it possible for people to connect, share and exchange information, through Facebook, LinkedIn, tweeter and Instagram. These social networks are design to build relationships and to provide a means to stay socially connected. In Naims’ book, he describes three revolutions that support his reasoning for the decay in power: More, Mobility and Mentality revolutions. These revolutions connect with the mindset, expectations and aspirations of individuals. Naims’s believes that “people’s actions are driven by the possibility of a better quality of life”. The social communications allows individual to have the confidence to use social media to make changes in their communities. “A change in mindset is a change in mentality that inevitability changes life styles. pg
Liberals have endorsed nationalism for a long time, making liberal nationalism indeed a particularly liberal approach towards social unity .The scholars supporting the demands for national sovereignty insinuate as a fundamental argument for liberal nationalism the point that if liberals look out for individual autonomy and prosperity, they must be aware about a beneficial cultural environment necessary for meaningful choices and consequently about the health of the national cultures that deliver this environment of choice. (Kymlicka, 267). Indeed, in the nineteenth-century Europe in particular, to be a liberal meant to be a nationalist.
Digital campaigning is a medium which uses electronic communicative technologies like Facebook, twitter and youtube etc. Individuals or groups may take to these forums to discuss particular issues with other users, with the intention to simply vent or to make zealous change via petitions, campaigns or advertisements. “Networking and strategising
Nicholls, CULTURES OF SPEED, April 5, 2015) as the militarisation of culture employs intelligence to gather metadata on individuals so that patterns of consumption can be anticipated and calculated (B. Nicholls, CULTURES OF SPEED, April 5, 2015). Another aspect of Dean’s communicative capitalism, which Virilio’s views align with, is the idea that when users voice their opinions online, it inhibits the actuality for political change (B. Nicholls, speed culture, April 5, 2015). When users post on the Internet, it creates “talk without response, in which the very practices associated with governance by the people consolidate and support the most brutal inequities of corporate-controlled capitalism” (Dean, 2009, p.24). Virilio calls this “talk without response” (Dean, 2009, p.24) disinformation, as speed technologies provide an “excess of contradictory information” (B. Nicholls, speed culture, April 5, 2015); everyone’s opinions within communications environments are all validated. This validation allows people with political power to be relieved from having to listen to the public, as their own interests can be served due to their advantaged positions while the voices of those online simply remain in circulation (Dean,
5. Conclusion: In conclusion, populism will have an adverse impact on Western democracies. Given its inherent anti-pluralist and authoritarian ideology, populism acts as a hostile force to the core democratic principles, such as rule by the people and isonomy. Also discussed herein was the misidentification of anti-establishment politicians as populists and the argument that populism is a weapon against increasing plutocracy and oligarchy in democratic systems. In the misidentification of anti-establishment politicians as populists, the media should be mindful that being a critical citizen should be commonplace and present in a healthy democracy. As a result, it should have little bearing on who is a true populist and the media should focus
How can Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, who have completely different ideologies and agendas, both be considered populists? Well, firstly we must understand what it is to be an actor of populism. The purpose of this paper will be to define populism and explore its positives and negatives. Pure people
“The mass media do not provide an adequate forum for minority views – the dissident and unorthodox.” Conversely, mass media, and the Internet in
Digital Democracy Over the years the media has made citizens major role players in politics. Ross Perot opened eyes by putting the 1992 Election in the media and thereby allowing voters to become directly involved in politics. The Internet, the new form of mass media “has turned into a major political and media industry” (Grossman 16). Because of the rise the Internet has taken, the idea of direct democracy has risen. The foundation of direct democracy is in self-government. The claim is that the presence of the Internet will increase citizens’ involvement in political issues by allowing them access to more information. This is significant because it takes a look at the impact of technology on society and politics, as well by
b. Bryan discusses multiple crises in this speech; the first which he addresses is that Nigel Farrage is an exceptional example of the mediatization of politics; due to the growing influence of media on politics, more people can utilize the media to gain access to international political occurrences. For example, many people are aware of Brexit and Nigel Farrage’s role due to the media’s increasing presence in political processes. Similarly, Farrage utilizes media logics such as simplification and anti-establishment in his address to Trump’s followers and provides an example of how they can be central to populism.