Cross-Cultural Effects of Communication

Harold Lasswell “The Theory of Political Propaganda”
Does Lasswell successfully distinguished propaganda from advertising? Is this definition of propaganda helpful?
How to best define those boundaries? Is it significant to even debate?
Advertising in the same realm of political propaganda? Selling political loyalties, the tools will be/ could be similar. Advertising is almost a type of propaganda. For instance, the Mickey Mouse cartoons.
It seems like all languages… would be propaganda? How is this different than a conception of rhetoric? And wouldn’t circulation have to be the definition somewhere? Propaganda vs. rhetoric?
How could communication not be symbolic communication? Blurry definition.
Non-symbolic communication? Well, does it exist at all because language is arbiturary symbols.
Communication is symbolic because of its relation to ideologies in different context and interpretations, and from different levels. Time and space are also involved.

Katz & Liebes “Reading Television”

The study of the television/media is the study of the effect.
Katz and Liebes’ claim: “cultural distance“ functions to reduce audience preoccupation with “reality” programming and therefore cause critical reflection.
Why would Katz and Liebes claim that Dallas is changing the international leisure time agenda?

Can research draw equally from quantitative and qualitative data, or will one always take a secondary role?
How does an active audience change how we understand media is created and distributed?

Audiences participating online, for instance, online survey on what the audience wants to see in the next episode.
To what extent an active audience do you consider yourself to be?
How does the same audience react to the same show at a different time and space? 
Critical audience? Definition. Critical analysis, the literacy needed to understand the content, etc.
I understand an alternative perspective as an active audience after thinking about my own situation.
Lull “China Turned on”

A lot of time has passed since Lull’s piece was published and it’s worth considering why similar protests haven’t occurred in the time since. Has Chinese state media control changed? Does Lull view of television also apply to China’s approach to the internet?

Even if grassroots movements and dialogues are going on, what significant changes can we make in China’s system when the army is totally under the control of the CPC and the intellectuals can only slightly influence peoples’ minds? Does it take forever for my nation to be changed and ne respected by other nations in terms of democracy and human rights?
When Lull is talking about the image of the man in from of the tanks, why is the explanation of the image in the US media, but by the Chinese propagandas in China?

Downing
Downing suggests that their Internet is a form of “alternative media”. Is that still rule today?
How do the audience and readers of these alternative media react compared to mainstream  media in the US?
Alexander & Jacobs
Gillespie
It’s always a sort of relief to hear the author personally confirming in some way an attachment to what has actually happened.
How do we negotiate conflicting values, especially religious matters effectively? The ethical dimension of media seems hard to handle.
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