Students Mark 3rd National Press Day

Students Mark 3rd National Press Day

 

Sonada — The students of Mass Communication Department at Salesian College Sonada marked 3rd NATIONAL PRESS DAY in collaboration with Political Science Department on 19 November 2019.

The day was celebrated by student panelists with a 2 hour panel discussion on “MEDIA and MARX” moderated by Assistant Professors Privat Giri and Pawan Rai.
Defining the position of Karl Marx towards media the panelists said, “The mass media are, in classical Marxist terms, a ‘means of production’ which in capitalist society are in the ownership of the ruling class.”
They further stated, “According to the classical Marxist position, the mass media simply disseminate the ideas and world views of the ruling class, and deny or defuse alternative ideas.”
This is very much in accord with Marx’s argument that: The class which has the means of material production at its disposal has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it.
The panelists further explained saying, “According to this stance, the mass media functioned to produce ‘false consciousness’ in the working-classes. This leads to an extreme stance whereby media products are seen as monolithic expressions of ruling class values, which ignores any diversity of values within the ruling class and within the media, and the possibility of oppositional readings by media audiences.”
Head of the Department of Mass Communication Fr.C.M. Paul inaugurated the session with his opening remarks where he shared his own personal experince as editor of The Herald weekly in Kolkata as well as director of Radio Salesian 90.8 FM in the hills. He stressed on the right to dissent as a fundamental right of citizens in any democratic society. He also insisted that ”no one grants you the freedom of speech, you have to fight for it.”

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