Society for Cognitive Science and Philosophy cordially invites you to the lecture of dr. Svitlana Shurma „Let him vilify: Violence in media or media violence?“.

The lecture will take place at 5:30 pm, at Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno in room A11.

There exists an old political anecdote: a call comes from the Central Committee of All-union Communist Party to Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) center informing that an American journalist will soon arrive there. There is request to accommodate him in a place where the living conditions of BAM builders are quite acceptable. Yet, the request is impossible to fulfil. So, the authorities say, “Screw him, let him vilify.”


When it comes to language, it becomes a powerful tool of exercising violence. Ricoeur states that once the language is used for creating false meanings in speech, it turns into “the voice of violence” (1998: 33-34). In our view, media exploits the following aspects of violence: a systemic violence of the state realized through the propaganda and “living in a lie” social mode and the acceptance of the public of such state of affairs at least verbally; media violence per se that acts as a mouthpiece of the ruling majority and chooses the angle of reporting the events; a symbolic violence that is reflected in the use of language for instilling the ideas of a dominant social order; an objective violence or the act of violence itself verbalized in the non-distorted way and thus not reducing the language; and subjectivized, or in certain cases fictionalized, violence which is presented as voices of the participants in the acts of violence.

The event is supported by the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.