By S. McClennen
America in line with Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy submit September 11 argues that, not like the anti-intellectualism, the sensationalism, and the punditry that have a tendency to manipulate such a lot mass media this day, Stephen Colbert's application deals his viewers the chance to appreciate the context during which such a lot information is pronounced and to be severe of it.
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7 His book, The Terror of Neoliberalism, analyzes how neoliberalism necessarily leads to the destruction of democracy. Key to understanding the social influence of neoliberalism is appreciation of its pedagogical function, of the precise ways in which it teaches individuals to live, to understand their place in the world, and to imagine the future. To this end, Giroux casts neoliberalism as a destructive form of public pedagogy. Only by appreciating the way that neoliberalism depends on convincing the public that they have “little to hope for— and gain from—the government, nonprofit public spaces, democratic associations, public and higher education, and other nongovernmental social forces”8 can we begin to analyze its power to influence all aspects of social life.
Because neoliberalism privileges the private sector over the public in terms of economic strategies, the idea of a common public mission that undergirds the commitment to democratic principles also suffers. Imagine it this way: the move to privatize prisons, to outsource many of the basic functions of national defense, to corporatize schooling, to deregulate banks, and to open markets translates into a belief system that discourages shared public commitments and favors individual competition. ” 9 Under neoliberalism, every problem, no matter how socially pervasive, is perceived as a private problem that must be dealt with on an individual basis.