SeaSol: May Day Readings, Understanding the Media

via SETI SeaSol Education & Training Institute:

Last month Seasol got lots of media attention – most of it pretty negative.  To better understand how and why we were portrayed negatively we’re going to be reading about the social role of media and the press as an institution – through the work of Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky.  Their book “Manufacturing Consent” lays out what they call a “propaganda model” to explain media behavior in a capitalist-democracy.  They argue that the media has several “constraints” that make them friendly to business and commercial interests.  We’ll be asking if their model applies to our case – and what we can do about it.

You can find Chapter 1, “A Propaganda Model,” linked here

As always, contact Michael or Max if you want to join the discussion.


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