Communications and Culture Quiz

Quiz includng key A2 concepts and themes such as feminism, postcolonialism, postmodernism, Marxism, market liberalism, objects of desire and fictions.

1. Who came up with the idea of the 'Subaltern': A minority group that is outside of the hegemonic block or pushed to the margins of society.

  • Antonio Gramsci
  • Roland Barthes
  • Edward Siad
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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2. Which of these is the correct definition of 'bricolage'

  • The idea that the author's original intentions are irrelevant. The only thing that matters is how the audience interprets the text themselves. "A text is a tissue of quotations... Drawn from inumerable centres of culture."
  • The idea that some texts can be superficial. They are based more on appearance rather than meaning.
  • Comes from the collapse of cultural value. It's the recycling of old, historical ideas, language and products to often create a new, sometimes subversive, meaning and context.
  • The belief that Western society rejects metanarratives because we have become obssessed with knowledge at the base of all truth.

3. What are the key market liberalist ideologies from John Locke?

  • Highlighted the importance of private property and explained that everyone should be entitled to freedom of choice. Came up with the 'the pursuit of pleasure', meaning the greatest happiness for the greatest number.
  • Believed that we were all scared and that the result of our own physical labours belonged to us. Highlighted the importance of private property and explained that everyone should be entitled to freedom of choice, as long as you do not harm others.
  • Believed that we indirectly helped society with every decision. Highlighted the importance of private property and explained that everyone should be entitled to freedom of choice, as long as you do not harm others.
  • Believed that the result of our own physical labours belonged to us. Highlighted the importance of private property and explained that everyone should be entitled to freedom of choice.

4. Complete the postmodernist statement: 'Modern culture is so _____ and _____.'

  • Meaningless and Meaningful
  • Competative and Greedy
  • Fragmented and Diverse
  • Technological and Contemporary

5. Which of these quotes on objects of desire was famously said by Nietzche?

  • A possession will 'content your spirit for the moment'.
  • 'Possessions are usually deminished by possessions.'
  • 'Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or not influence on society.'
  • Companies manipulate consumers by appealing to their subconscious desires, 'subjecting them to the engeneering of consent'.

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