MC433 - week 3

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These are my notes from October 12 for MC433 at the London School of Economics for the 2017-2018 school year. I took this module as part of the one-year Inequalities and Social Science MSc program.

The usual disclaimer: all notes are my personal impressions and do not necessarily reflect the view of the lecturer.

Human Rights, Communication Rights, and Media Literacies


Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (chapter 1)

Published in 1970 in English (originally published in Portuguese 2 years earlier). This is a lovely & quite philosophical work that draws heavily on critical theory, though its practicality may be limited (and it may be used as a way of shifting the burden away from the oppressor and onto the oppressed). I have some rough notes below, but if you’re into Hegel or Lukács or just beautiful prose, you might as well read the original.

MacBride report (pages V-1-18)

A UNESCO publication entitled “Many Voices One World” from 1981. A fairly radical take on the key role of communication in the world, and how we need national media/education/etc to try to alleviate the effects of the market. Moving away from the right to free speech and toward the right to communicate.