Monday, August 18, 2008

Agnotology: Thought Control In Economics | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

Thought Control In Economics | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

Higher ed enforces orthodoxy rather that knowledge creation. Of course it is not just higher ed. Great blog post about rewarding corporate success and failure from Ethlite the Pole Dancing Philosopher.

More info relevant to agnotology, the study of the social construction of ignorance.

With a great deal of help from my librarian buddies at ACC, specifically Josh, I was able to get a copy of a wonderful article

Smithson, M. (1985). Toward a Social Theory of Ignorance. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 20:4, 323–346, 20(4), 323-346. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5914.1985.tb00049.x.

I created a concept map of the article with Mind Meister You should be able to grab the map with your mouse and move it around.

Another article describes the role of the media in manufacturing doubt. Springs from the tobacco industry's efforts to sow the seeds of doubt about the scientific evidence that smoking causes cancer. Marketers have taken this concept far beyond. The field of sociology refers to the Sociological construction of knowledge and the sociological construction of ignorance. Talks about 3 kinds of ignorance and the importance of each:
-a varied and useful tool in the workings of science,
-a purposeful social negotiation by the lay public
-or a strategic tool mobilized in the service of various private interests.
Stocking, S. H., & Holstein, L. (2009). Manufacturing doubt: Journalists' roles and the construction of ignorance in a scientific controversy. Public Understanding of Science, 18(1), 23-42. doi: 10.1177/0963662507079373.

1 comment:

Susan S. said...

thanks for sharing. interesting ideas. so much ignorance is about sticking to one's own assumptions, ignoring others' perceptions, and being imprecise about details.