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The power of media being able to stir certain sentiments and ideas that help initiate social transformation through collective participation and dialogue was powerfully portrayed in the beginning section about Entertainment Education and Air India Radio.  However, I could not stop reading the story without thinking about ways that the narratives presented through the radio and the technology itself can become counterproductive or stagnant.  I do not doubt that the programs help kindle communicative learning and organization, but it can be utilized by authoritative institutions to oppress mentally and socially.  This is relevant in other media where it perpetuate gender roles and sexuality as well as maintain a positive image of the status quo.

I appreciated the notion of struggle that is necessary throughout social change.  Just the dialectics themselves represent struggles of opportunities and restrictions.  I recently visited the WWII, Germany, and Civil Rights exhibit in the Stone center on campus.  It was engaging and presented many struggles that relates to the concept of putting the last first, the various dialectics, and discourses of dignity.  There is no way to talk about the exhibit and its relations with this article within a blog post.  I’d advise people to visit soon because they have some wonderful photos and articles and will be ending within a week.  Just the history of African-American G.I.s fighting across the ocean for the first time for and within oppressive states against the Nazi power highlights so much contradictions, struggles, and dialectics that the reading mentions.  I love the idea that many black soldiers emancipated themselves by entering an oppressive military representing a dialectic of fragmentation and unity, where they became unified with the German Youth during the Cold War to find Jim Crow laws and segregation.  The history of the Berlin Wall along with black G.I.s stationed in West Germany creates so much irony within socioeconomic politics within the U.S.; representing issues of social change, such as the dialectic of control and emancipation in the Grameen Bank example.  It created a space to debate both international and nation hypocrisies through the context of each other.


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