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ISSN 2301-5829

Vol. 5 / No. 2 / Published : 2016-02

Order : 12, and page :214 - 222

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Original Article :

False consciousness in google’s working class society in levy’s the internship film (2013)

Author :

  1. Mutiara Rizky Arisandy*1
  2. Gesang Manggala Nugraha Putra*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

This study examines the representation of false consciousness in the character of Billy, a new intern of Google Inc. in the The Internship film. The importance of this study arises since the object of this research is a film which brings the issues about class, reflecting the true condition in real society. The aims of this study are to reveal the portrayal of false consciousness and to explore how false consciousness influences the character of Billy McMahon and the Google’s working class society in the film. This research used qualitative method, focusing on the narrative and non-narrative aspects to analyze the selected scenes. Each aspect is scrutinized further in Marxist point of view, especially the false consciousness theory as the framework for the deep analysis on this study. Starting in with hard struggle and competition in the middle of anxiety and ignorance about new things to get a job in Google, and finally being comfort and proud about it, Billy shows how false consciousness made by the ruling class of Google has successfully trapped him into the ruling class ideology. Since America become the context in this film, the idea of American dream has been known as one of the ideology in the text as it brings the emergence of false consciousness to the characters in the film. From this study, it is known that social class position, condition, and society have brought people to the hierarchy of social classes and the creation of false consciousness in American society as it is portrayed in the film. 

Keyword :

base, superstucture, cultural conditioning, hegemony, false consciousness,

References :

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Bressler, C. E.,(2007) Literary Criticism : An Introduction to Theory and Practice.fourth edition - : London: Pearson Prentice Hall

Stokes, J.,(2003) How to Do Media & Cultural Studies - : London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage Publications

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