We all know that powers outside ourselves influence us; governments, corporations, and advertising all try and shape our worldview in varying ways and for different reasons. Our group is focusing on these three big powers and examining the way they influence us.
The United States is currently the world’s cultural icon. American media and pop culture is spread worldwide through Hollywood, television, and the Internet. Hollywood’s revenue is approximately four times that of the next-highest film revenue stream in the world, to the United Kingdom. The United states is the source of many of the most influential online websites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Google. This is similar to France in the late 1700s and early 1800s, when France was the cultural icon of Europe. Elites across Europe spoke French, lingua franca, even in nations like Russia who were terrified of Napoleon’s invasion. France’s high level of cultural influence was unstable; one nation cannot maintain the premier position forever. Eventually another nation took its place, Great Britain. We don’t know who will take the place of the United States, but in the meantime we can engineer our foreign policy to have more sustainable, positive relationships with other countries.
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SAM DERBY // Corporations vs Government: Who Gets the Power?
Who will be the first man on Mars? Why is Donald Trump so popular? Are companies like Coca-Cola and Disney more influential than our own government To answer all these questions we have to address the largest common factor, The power of Business and Corporations. In fact, corporations not only may have more influential power than the US government, but on many levels actually deserve it.
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KAREE BROWN // Social Media as Propaganda
Think back to your history class when you were studying World War I and World War II. Do you remember hearing about the propaganda that governments used? You might be familiar with the classic poster that is a painting of Uncle Sam with the words “I want you for U.S. Army” underneath. Propaganda evokes emotion and influences people’s opinion. The problem is that some companies, like Hitler, have a double standard, that is unethical. Luckily, with social media, ideas are spread quickly and on massive levels. Your presence on social media gives you power to speak up and encourage companies and governments to be more ethical.
Read Karee's post here.