Monday, January 28, 2002

Topic if the week: Media influence.
I am giving three lectures on this topic this week.
Tuesday: The powerful media: stimulus-response-theories
Thursday: The power-less media: two-step and multi-step theories
Friday: The somewhat empowered media: uses and gratifications and cultural theories.

At the moment I am looking for an angle for the lectures, a way to illustrate these classic topics of media studies without using the all-too-classic examples of Nazi Germany and Leni Riefenstahl. Her films are powerful expressions of Nazi rhetoric, and scary in the glorification of their ideals. But at the same time using such examples can hide the fact that propaganda didn't end with Hitler - and propaganda alone didn't put him into power.

from Triumph des Willens

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