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World Workshop #17: "MEDIA CONTROL AND PROPAGANDA" + Dinner

5/19/13 @6:00 pm in CSUF Hum 123.

This event is part of The Left Bank's "World Workshops" Series.

Today's theme: MEDIA CONTROL AND PROPAGANDA

We will be screening the classic Canadian documentary  Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) in its entirety (2h50min).  A discussion about the current relevance of Chomsky’s arguments will follow, lead by Dr. Hélène Domon, professor of French, and Collin Wang, Information Systems engineer.  
Everyone is invited to share comments and ideas.

It is well known that totalitarian and fascist states have used heavy propaganda and military power in order to maintain power. However, subtle, non-violent methods of propaganda also exist in more democratic societies like the US. The chief method of propaganda is media control. Several types of media “filters” distort our perception of social reality.  Corporations buy and control main media sources to protect their own interests.  Entertainment and sensational news distract us from actual information.  Marketing and advertising use powerful psychological tactics to “manufacture consent," as Noam Chomsky explained, and to encourage unnecessary consumption.  Governments restrict access to alternative news sources. As a consequence of this “subtle” kind of propaganda, we may have the illusion that we freely elect a democratic government or choose a good political system, when we are simply acquiescing to a capitalistic, militarized, white/male-valued and greed-centered system of laws that does not truly represent our intentions. Unfortunately, political choices (and even non-choices) made under the influence of propaganda may severely compromise the well-being of the planet and cause environmental damage, poverty, war, oppression, exploitation, illness and hunger. This workshop attempts to assess some of the forms and consequences of propaganda in different countries, particularly through media control. How does propaganda work through the media to create a systemic bias? Who are the various actors of propaganda? Are their goals independent or centralized? How can we recognize and counter propaganda? How can we define or re-define alternative goals for humanity?  How can we spread the word through alternative, independent media? What are currently the best independent news sources? These are some of the issues we can address in our discussion.

After the workshop, we will have dinner at a restaurant in Fullerton.  Details later.

Cost:  The workshop is FREE.

Directions and Parking:  From FWY 57, take Nutwood Exit to the west.  Make a right on Folino Dr. and an immediate left into Parking lot F.  Drive around the curve and park close to Humanities building, which is the tallest building near the parking lot, with a beehive-like wall pattern.  Parking is free on weekends.


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