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February 15, 2007

Word up: Ideology

This was kind of a “gimme” because I figured it had something to do with beliefs, but it was cold in my basement as I typed on our crappy 90’s computer, so give me a break. Here’s the deal; it’s basically a set of beliefs and habits that relate to certain social groups. I learned that to the group, the ideas may be important, but the rest of the world their ideas may seem nuts (for example, the group that drank the Kool-Aid). Ideas can be forced or accepted and they guide our prejudices. We each have our own idea as to what constitutes normal, so stop looking at other people strangely because they are feeling the same way about you. Ideologies are of great interest to critics who are into politics. I found this term appropriate to look up because many of the people we are studying this week are quite hung up on ideologies of many kinds.

Posted by ErinWaite at February 15, 2007 5:49 PM

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