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Gotta catch em all - Why has Pokmon received such acclaim and criticismThe worlds most common thought systems the -isms of the world - conservatism liberalism fundamentalism fascism etc - are ideologies Collins dictionary defines Ideology as a body of ideas that reflects the beliefs of a nation political system etc Yet it is difficult to define the word and the concept of ideology as those that often arise create contradictions Terry Eagleton highlights some of the definitions and discusses this problem for example he says that if ideology means any set of beliefs motivated by social interests then it cannot signify the dominant forms of thought in a society In fact one of the only aspects of ideology that is generally agreed upon is that it is nearly impossible to sum up this vast idea in a sentence Critics such as Kracauer distrusted ideologies as a liberal theorist he was confidant that man confronted with real experience will shape his life in terms of the real He was a believer in the use of science in order to gain a proper understanding rather than dealing in ideologies Some modern writers believe that ideology is a popular way of thinking because they are simple and appear to offer simple solutions In this case ideologies fail because they are too inflexible yet still clung on to because they offer some form of security The concept of ideology is most generally associated with power relations Power is not a connected force or phenomenon nor an exclusively political phenomenon Power and power relations are woven throughout all our practices and ideas power is exercised in every relationship group and social practice and it is not necessarily detrimental On the other hand it must not be forgotten that social order relies in varying degrees but ultimately on the ability of one person or group to coerce another person or group and that the basis of Law
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