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Essay 1 - GSC2411 Theories of Mass Communication unit Monash University Australia This is NOT an essay - it is a collection of notes which are the foundation of an 800 word comparison of two articles regarding the place of humanities in university studies and the roles of mass communication Part 1 800 words - 30 You will be given two short readings by the end of Week 3 of the Semester Identify the approach or approaches used in each and with reference to the features and examples of the identified approaches as presented in Subject materials justify your answer Andrew Riemers article Cannon or Fodder The Weekend Australian 16-17 November 1996 can be identified as having both Idealist and Leavisite approaches within the text This is indicated in several passages of the text My colleagues in the Department of English were irresponsibleThey were trivialising the disciplineby allowing undergraduates to sidestep the so-called canonical writersin favour of whatever transient phenomenon or writer of small talent happened to be their latest obsession They were reprehensible in encouraging their students to impose simple sub-Marxist sub-feminist templates on complex and mysterious works of literature Miltons Eve reduced to a mere victim of the patriarchy Alluring though it might be we cannot recover intellectual integrity by turning back the clock Cannon or Fodder The Weekend Australian 16-17 November 1996 When looking at the approaches as they are presented in the Subject Materials one is able to identify them as clearly being both Idealistic and Leavisite Our Subject Book indicates that the Idealistic view of culture has been conceived in the humanities and in journalism and popular social commentary a realm of moral spiritual and aesthetic values which exist largely independent and above society Further this view states Culture was isolated from society - autonomous because it had to be abstracted from one way of life pre-industrial and then transmitted and
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