Unit 3-- The Power of Narratives (part 2): Mass Media, Democracy & the Environment

I) Assigned Readings:

  1. The Politics of Power, Chapter 1 (Democracy's Challenge) - Note: the audio file here of chapter 1 is from the 6th edition and so does not quite have the same information as the actual chapter that is assigned. You will need to view the 7th Edition for the full version that is assigned.   
  2. Lester Brown, Plan B 4.0, Preface and Chapter 1 - "Selling Our Future" (this link will take you to a page where you can open up these two readings on line- you can listen to an audio version of the Preface and the introduction to the chapter also) 
  3. "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community," David Korten, Yes! Magazine (Summer 2006) 
  4. "Winning Words," Kate Butler, Sierra Magazine (July-Aug 2004)     Note: this interview with George Lakoff was written in 2004 when conservative Republican president George W. Bush was in office so references to "the current president" refer to Bush, not President Trump.
  5. “The Man Who Studies the Spread of Ignorance,” Georgina Kenyon, BBC.com (January 6, 2016) 
  6. “Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts,” Wynne Davis, All Tech Considered on National Public Radio, (December 5, 2016) 
  7. "Making Connections: Why is News So Bad?" Jessica Clark & Tracy Van Slyke, In These Times (April 14, 2005)    Note: this article was written in 2005 and so its references to current events are somewhat dated. Still, the first 70% of the article is a useful recitation of the history of the corporate strategy to dominate and control the news cycle.
  8. "Hard-Nosed Advice From Veteran Lobbiest: 'Win Ugly or Lose Pretty'" Eric Lipton, New York Times, (Oct. 30, 2014)  
  9. “Why Do Political Reporters Refuse to Show Us the Money?,” Eric Alterman, BillMoyers.com (May 1, 2015)    
  10. “Both Sides Do It: How False Equivalence Is Distorting the 2016 Election Coverage,” by Eric Alterman, The Nation (June 2, 2016)
  11. Tutorial Page: How to view instructor feedback on Canvas OR turnitin.com
  12. Tutorial Page: More details directions on How to Read Instructor Comments DIRECTLY on Turnitin.com
  13. Optional Reading - click on this link for a list of supplemental readings to deepen your knowledge

II) Video Resources:

  1. Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded Rise of the Far Right (Part 1)- Democracy Now! (Published on Jan 20, 2016)
  2. Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded Rise of the Far Right (Part 2)- Democracy Now! (Published on Jan 20, 2016)
  3. Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded Rise of the Far Right (Part 3)- Democracy Now! (Published on Jan 20, 2016)
  4. George Lakoff, "How Democrats and Progressives Can Win" Here are two videos with George Lakoff talking about "Framing" and the dominant world view or "frame" of both liberals and conservatives ("nurturing parent" versus "strict father") 
  5. George Lakoff, "The Left, the Right, and the Family View of Government"
  1. Bill Whittle, "It's the Steel," Afterburner (You Tube)-- Here is a classic example of what Lakoff might call the conservative's "strict father" frame-- so much so, that it seems as though the producers had studied Lakoff. Pay attention to the language and how it "frames," shapes and triggers the viewer's responses. 

In this set of videos environmental scientist Lester Brown discusses key issues in the Climate Crisis and the coming collapse of the world's food systems. 

  1. Lester Brown "Saving Civilization - Plan B" Part 1
  2. Lester Brown "Saving Civilization - Plan B" Part 2
  3. Lester Brown "Saving Civilization - Plan B" Part 3
  4. Lester Brown "Saving Civilization - Plan B" Part 4
  5. Lester Brown "Saving Civilization - Plan B" Part 5
  6. Lester Brown" Saving Civilization - Plan B" Part 6

Here are more examples of the use of the internet to create progressive political narratives.

  1. "The Stories Project - Successes from California's Community Colleges," Karla Navarro and the FA-PAC interns

III) Important Dates/Notices: