ESB Assignments 11.14.06-11.16.06

“Ron Suskind, writing in The New York Times Magazine two weeks before the 2004 election, recounted a conversation with a presidential aide who spoke sarcastically of journalists and their “reality-based community.” The aide, who sounded uncannily like Karl Rove, informed Suskind with great condescension that a “judicious study of discernible reality” is “not the way the world really works anymore.” The aide explained: “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors...and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
From: The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Frank Rich, pp. 4-5.

KAFFEE :I want the truth. JESSEP: You can't handle the truth!And nobody moves. JESSEP (continuing) Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls haveto be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You?You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, whilen grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. (beat) You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You me there. (boasting) We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. (beat) I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I'd prefer you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to.
From: A Few Good Men (script)

“Someone who lies and someone who tells the truth are playing on opposite sides, so to speak, in the same game. Each responds to the facts as he understands them, although the response of the one is guided by the authority of the truth, while the response of te other defies that authority and refuses to meet its demands. The bull**er ignores these demands altogether. He does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this bull** is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.
From: On Bulls***, Harry G. Frankfurt, pp 60-61.

Nov. 14 - The Media and Empire
Read :

The Nation on the Media
Tomorrow's Woodwards and Bernsteins;
The New Global Media;

Review: Chart 1;

Listen (take notes) Podcast: "Frank Rich: Our Politics, Our Theater” 2/6/06 from Open Source (PBS)

Write: One of the reasons for the 4th estate and its protection under the Constitution is so that the Free Press is free to represent or to protect the Public Interest. From your perspective, what is “the Public Interest?” Write a short paragraph that outlines what you understand that very general term to mean?

Nov. 16 - Images Within the Empire
Read:
• B. Barber, Fear's Empire, Chapters 6 Preventive Democracy; and Chapter 8, You Can’t Export America and Call It Freedom, pp. 187-197.5.
Email 2 questions for each chapter for class discussion
Review: Images within Empire: The Media Empire(The Big 10)