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AI & The Economics of Political Communication

Dates
April 2, 2024
Type
Lecture
Reading
Automating Democracy: Generative AI, Journalism, and the Future of Democracy
Facilitation Reading
Chapter 25: The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation
Question
Section
AI & The New Economy

Lecture Notes

Lecture Notes

Alienation in Labor through AI

  • AI and Work: Explore how AI in media changes the nature of journalistic and content creation labor, potentially leading to alienation of workers from the products of their work and the process itself.
  • Automation and Skill: Discuss how automation and AI tools may lead to a de-skilling of certain media roles, contributing to worker alienation.

Alienation of the Public

  • Information Consumption: Analyze how AI-driven personalization of content can create echo chambers, alienating individuals from diverse perspectives and broader societal discourse.
  • Social Relations: Consider the impact of AI-mediated communication on social relationships, potentially leading to a sense of isolation or disconnection.

AI, Ideology, and Control

  • Media as an Ideological State Apparatus: Discuss AI's role in media as part of the ideological superstructures that Marx and later Althusser described, influencing public perception and maintaining existing power structures.
  • Data and Surveillance: Reflect on the alienation caused by surveillance capitalism, where users become alienated from their data and privacy.

To Read

Automating Democracy: Generative AI, Journalism, and the Future of Democracy

By Amy Ross Arguedas and Felix M. Simon

Supplemental Reading

Social Media and Democracy (2020)

To Watch

Student Facilitation

Student Faciliation

Read Chapter 25 (Section 1) and Chapter 26

Student Facilitation Questions

AI and the Industrial Reserve Army: How does Marx’s concept of the "industrial reserve army" in Chapter 25 relate to the current phenomenon of AI potentially replacing human labor in media industries? Discuss with reference to "Automating Democracy: Generative AI, Journalism, and the Future of Democracy".

AI, Automation, and the Accumulation of Capital: Chapter 26 discusses the accumulation of capital and its effects on labor. How might the integration of AI and automation in media production reflect Marx's ideas on capital accumulation and its impact on the workforce?

AI-Driven Content Personalization and Alienation: Considering Marx’s ideas on alienation, how does AI-driven personalization of content contribute to the alienation of individuals from diverse perspectives and broader societal discourse?

Ideological Control through AI in Media: Discuss how AI's role in media can be seen as part of the ideological superstructures described by Marx and Althusser. How does this relate to the control and influence over public perception and maintaining existing power structures?

To Do