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A Critique of Society and Education in America at the Turn of the Millennium Applying the Philosophy of Michel Foucault aka FUKO for Dummies As Foucault began so shall I This is not a pipe This is a convenient illustration for the basic tenant of Foucaults philosophy Discourse creates truth What this means is that there is nothing inherent about a pipe which makes it a pipe Society as we know it creates labels for all sorts of things and when those labels enter our common discourse they are accepted as truth or knowledge If everyone stopped referring to the above as a pipe it would stop being a pipe Unfortunately the same is true for people If Paco is labeled a jerk when he is indeed not a jerk and it passes into common discourse that Paco is a jerk then this will become true People will look at him differently now that he is a jerk they will act differently and most importantly he will become a jerk because of how he acts and thinks of himself This creation of truth which turned average Paco into a jerk is a very significant process by which society derives its power over the individuals in the society in this case Paco By controlling the original discourse therefore one derives power Now that it has been established that control of discourse creates power-knowledge spheres or relationships then one can see how this applies to our present day society and educational system Our society and its most obvious expression the government wish to perpetuate themselves together with their values and power To do this they society and government use the afore outlined method of achieving power For example one of our societys declared values is democracy When a member of our society thinks of democracy favorable impressions come to mind such as those of American revolutionaries or brave soldiers
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