Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

11 p.

Publication Date

2000

Publisher

European Institute for Communication and Culture

Source Publication

Javnost/The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture

Source ISSN

1318-3222

Original Item ID

DOI: 10.1080/13183222.2000.11008755

Abstract

This essay draws on the work of French philosopher Louis Althusser, particularly his contributions to the development of ideology, in an assessment of the relationship between communication ana freedom. Althusser's understanding of freedom as an ideological creation not only privileges the role of ideology in the construction of social relationships, but also calls into question the complex interplay between media, society, and freedom. The current billion-dollar anti-drug public service announcement deal is interrogated in an effort to illustrate how the United States government has been inserting ideologically driven propaganda into prime time television shows with the full co-operation and approval of network executives. The anti-drug advertising deal provides an example of how freedom may be compromised as the ideological state apparatus of television places ruling class, government sanctioned ideas into the forefront of society.

Comments

Accepted version. Javnost/The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, Vol. 7, No. 4 (2000): 5-16. DOI. © 2000, European Institute for Communication and Culture. Used with permission.

Dr. Bonnie Brennen was affiliated with the University of Misouri-Columbia ath the time of publication.

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