Free Press Critical for Free, Democratic Society An essay from the prestigious journal, Columbia Journalism Reviewnotes the crucial role of free media and the need for public education in society to maintain democracy: But the founders knew that a free press would be worth little if the people could not read it, so public education became one of the great obsessions of the leaders of the early republic. Instead, he wrote, education was vital to the maintenance of a free society. This concern with education was widespread in the founding generation, and Thomas Jefferson famously listed the establishment of the University of Virginia as one of the three great accomplishments of his life he omitted his presidency from the list.
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The super-hero genre would only emerge with Action Comics 1 in June and the creation of one of their most influential representative: This was an immediate success, and consequently created a series of imitators.
In fact, the super-hero variety grew out of the Depression period. It spawned a demand for tales of heroic action and the costumed crusaders were designed to satisfy these tastes and needs.
These new characters all bore the traces of old myths and legends. Anatomy of a Mass Medium, p. The basic structure of these early comics was more than simple: They were representations as opposed to discernable individuals. They lived in a Manichean world: Justice was seen to be done and that was it.
This is even more notable following U. Its effects, in the end, would have an unprecedented impact upon American society: Many of that first generation of comic-book readers went to war and took their love of comics with them and brought it back afterwards.
There emerged many characters whose purposes were built for WWII. Captain America, my example for this analysis, grew out of that era and such notions. His first adventures depicted him as battling the forces of the Third Reich and Japan, as well as Nazi sympathisers and secret agents that had infiltrated the American home front.
Wearing the symbols of America all over himself, Cap became the ultimate patriotic hero and a national figure: Furthermore, it is interesting to note that Captain America comic-books were sent to soldiers in huge quantities, and the troops enjoyed them as a morale booster for the duration as well as a form of contact with their homeland.
On the side of good in World War II Having presented the context in which Captain America was born, I will now turn to his fictional history in order to decrypt the first symbols used at the time which make the character more than interesting to study.
As a character, he is already a patriot by heart. An army officer looking for test subjects offers Rogers the chance to serve his country by taking part in a top-secret defence project — Operation: Rebirth, which seeks to create a means of developing super-soldiers. Rogers becomes one of the first human test subject for the Super-Soldier serum invented by the scientist Dr.
The name was not chosen without purpose: However, even if we could draw a parallel between Operation Rebirth and the Manhattan Project, we have to bear in mind that Einstein, as opposed to Dr.
Reinstein, did not invent the project. He had only signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the study of nuclear fission for military purposes, under the fears that the Nazi government would be first to develop nuclear weapons. It will surely strike one as odd that this fervent defender of American democracy, of all people, can personify an idea preached by Nazi ideology: In the comic, the U.
To that end, Cap is given a uniform modelled after the American Flag, a bullet proof shield, and the codename Captain America. The imagery of the costume is more than important in this analysis in order to comprehend the character.
First, clad in the Stars and Stripes, he incorporates American ideology. He represents with the star the fifty U. Besides, in terms of the symbolism of the design itself, a book about the flag published by the Congress in states: The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.
It has two uses: In some of his adventures, Cap will even have the American Constitution written behind it. As a result, it can have two meanings: To conclude on this issue, he is the embodiment of the perfect soldier: As Richard Reynolds notes: Cap was not just any super-hero, and he simply did not work well in the new context.
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It's strange, then, that the United States is probably the most ideologically united country in history. Americans have a national ideology, and it's called liberalism.
- Ideology in America Christopher Ellis and James A. Stimson Frontmatter More information Advance Praise for Ideology in America “In this excellent book, Ellis and Stimson use a sophisticated method-ological approach to trace the ebb and ﬂow of ideology in American public opinion over the past 75 years.
Censorship in the U.S.A. and in other countries, with consideration of particular cases of censorship. ideologies. Since the s neo-liberal ideas have become the dominant ideology in economic circles both in the academy and among policy-makers.
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In the main, this is an ideology which favors upward redistribution of wealth. This supply-side bias diverts resources away from the working poor, and toward the already obscenely wealthy.
In the United States modern conservatism coalesced in the latter half of the 20th century, responding over time to the political and social change associated with events such as the Great Depression, tension with the Soviet Union in the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the counterculture of the s, the deregulation of the economy in the late s and early s, the overthrow of the New Deal .