Here are some questions to think about as you read Meehan's essay. Please post your discussion questions below.
We can think of Meehan's essay 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?
What questions does she seek to answer?
How could this be done with other media objects?
How is Meehan's analysis different from Williamson's?
What can we gain from doing a political economy analysis (what are the benefits for us as scholars)?
How can Meehan's piece inform how we critique/use/consume/make media?
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.