§ Private corporation economy- power is increasingly concentrated in a small number of corporations
ú make critical decisions
· ex- issues of war and peace
ú make policies about things like poverty and shit
§ 2) Middle strata- civic associations
ú journalists, white collar employees…
ú They have n real influence
ú Limited interests- interests are restricted to what concerns them and them alone, what concerns there own works and lives
· Restricted things
§ 3) Mass society- faceless, unidentified, unorganized public
ú No strong interests, easily manipulated
ú “Demise of the public”
§ Mass society
ú Lack of energy (enertia)
ú “Mass media of distraction”
· It distracts from issues rather then focusing on them
§ The public/Democratic public sphere
ú This is the ideal situation
ú People should come together for public discussion and debate about the common good
ú Mass media should improve
· Should animate and enlarge this public discussion
ú People should be opinionated and involved
ú Almost the exact reveres of living in a mass society
§ 1) What is the structure of society as a whole?
ú EX- ask yourself if its capitalism or socialism?
ú EX- Who decides/power elite?
ú EX- Is there an emphasis on values and norms?
§ 2) where does society stand in terms of human history as a whole?
ú How does it relate to the past and present
ú Where does society stand in human history
§ 3) what kinds of people prevail in this society?
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