Posts tagged ‘occupy’


You’re in! You’re OUT!

The idea of inclusion and exclusion are major themes of the in the Adams piece, coincidentally titled “Inclusion/Exclusion.”  The impression that I got from Adams was that there is an element of exclusion inherent in almost all the different ways that people organize themselves.  This dynamic between inclusion and exclusion is key to “understanding”  the “social geography of communication.  If correct, My understanding  is a little disheartening  – it’s seems that despite even the best intentions somebody or someone is left out.  It’s tempting to say “that’s just the way it is” but even c academics who study communication are concerned about exclusion.   Adams describes Jurgen Habbermas’ promoting of the “ideal speech situation” with the idea being that no person can or should be excluded from a discussion.  I had the rare opportunity to see this concept come to life unexpectedly when I was in New York a few weeks ago…

Of course I had to go to Occupy Wall Street!  I took the above photo my phone.   I did not venture into the park because I a little nervous (I also had no real desire to go into Zucotti Park).  Nevertheless, from the perimeter of the park, I was able to see a rather larger group of protesters seated and listening to one another.  Apparently, just from observing, I gathered that everybody had the right to speak before decisions were about activities for the day, even if it means that it takes them hours to make a very simple decision.  Going into further detail about ideal speech situation, Adams explains that exclusion “interferes with the processes generating truth, sincerity, and justice.”  I really saw this dynamic play out before me with the protesters.  Who knows how much life is left in there movement, nevertheless, they are really trying to establish a open, democratic, culture which dovetails nicely with their claims of representing the 99%.

Adams goes on to explore the inclusive/exclusive dynamic through a number of different prisms.  In fact, one prism we can examine the inclusive/exclusive dynamic is given in the Lilie Chouliaki piece.  What transnational media chooses to show or not show and how they show it separates people in many different ways.  In the portrayal of suffering, the way the media presents the subject may determine how much various publics feel tied or identify with victims of some tragic event.