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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Perspective on Media and Communication Theories – day1

The first class with Mr. Anil Pinto was an ice breaking session where we discussed about our respective research topics. There is only two of us for this course in media studies therefore it is easier to discuss our topics individually.

My topic was Public opinion is nothing but media opinion. Few ideas on this topic were discussed. Refering to sociology books in order to first find out what is public and what is an opinion, readings starting from Plato, Aristotle to the rise of media from the 17th and 18th century was advised.

Noothan’s topic is broadly on television, she still has to narrow it down. However she had a couple of ideas in mind that we discussed in class. One of which was reality programs being lifted from the western media. There was a discussion as to the change in content that goes through when it goes from one country to the other. This may be due to various factors like culture or the thinking mode of people. Couple of examples were discussed like in US, the case of Bill Clinton and Monica was splashed across different media. But in India when there was a report on Vajpayee’s affiliation with a woman, the paper was forced to apologize. Such things are not considered ethical in India. So is the same for polygamy. We do have ministers in our country who are practicing polygamy even though it is illegal but these things are also not reported openly keeping the cultural background of the country.

We further discussed on nationalism taking for example how Indian Idol’s last two finalist were from North East and how the voting system saw a big change during that time.

We have been asked to read the following essays for our next class:

  1. Journal on Contemporary Thought – Essay on Femina Magazine by Parinitha Shetty.
  2. Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus by Louis Atthusser.
  3. Enlightenment as Mass Deception by Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno.
  4. Encoding /Decoding by Stuart Hall.
  5. The Public Sphere by Jurgen Habermas.

We ended our session with a tour to the library where Mr. Pinto was our guide. He helped us find these essays and showed us books that we could refer to for further analysis.

Written by Pooja Basnett

M.Phil (Media Studies)

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