Who Owns the Airwaves?

A couple of years ago, when all of the hullabaloo about the switch from analog to digital TV stations was passed and actually became mandatory, I was a little bit surprised that there weren’t more paranoid skeptics out there going, “Tsk, Tsk, Tsk another ploy by Big Brother to get us to buy stuff and […]

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The Feedback Loop

Does the mass media influence culture or does culture influence what the media absorbs and the marketers try to sell us? This is the thesis question at the heart of Douglas Rushkoff’s/PBS Frontline’s movie “The Merchants of Cool” (2001). I’ve been showing this movie in my Rhetoric classes because we are discussing persuasion and I […]

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