Please post your discussion questions to Meehan's article below. Here are some questions to think about as you read Meehan's essay:
1. Think of this as a "how-to" example of what it would look like to do a political economy analysis (that is, analyzing media in relation to the economic relations in which it is produced, distributed, consumed, etc). What seem to be the steps?
2. What does Meehan mean by "commodity fetishism"? Her use of the term is implicit. She is referencing a commodity form that veils the economic and social relations that produced it.
3. What questions does she seek to answer?
4. How could this be done with other media objects?
5. How is Meehan's analysis different from Williamson's and Hall's?
6. How does the political economy of media affect how content gets produced and distributed? How does it impact what kind of content gets produced? How do you think it affects what kind of content does not get produced or distributed? Why does this matter?
7. How can Meehan's piece inform how we critique/use/consume/make media?