Plato's Cave: Desire, Power, and the Specular Functions of the Media

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Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1991 - Business & Economics - 206 pages
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This book argues that our world is inescapably "mediated" or "specularized." It investigates human dilemmas without taking flight into cultural and political elitism and at the same time does not ignore the corporate and military agenda that is serviced by the media at great human cost. Arguments are drawn from political economy, psychoanalysis, and semiotics to describe the cultural functions of the media with respect to the state, the economy, the family, women and children and with regard to the problem of sustaining democratic public and civic institutions whose activities are wholly represented through the media.

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Contents

Cave Culture and the Need for Television
12
Toward a Theory of Communicative Subversion
32
Metabolism and Political Economy
45
Copyright

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John T. O'Neill is a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) and executive director of the Alcoholism and Drug Research Communications Center. He is the coauthor of Concerned Intervention. He has presented seminars, workshops, and speeches to over 100,000 people in the US and abroad.

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