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Section Information for Spring 2017
The media and cultural industries are the most important and powerful storytellers in contemporary life. But what kinds of stories—including stories about race, gender, and sexuality—are told through commercial media and popular culture? How do these media images and narratives subtly shape how we understand our world? And what about digital media? How has the rise of digital networking changed not only how popular culture is produced and consumed, but our social relationships and interactions as well? In this class, we draw on a diverse range of theories and concepts to dissect popular media texts (including film, television, and online/remix culture), and we examine our relationship to the wider digital media environment. A special unit on the production and consumption of celebrity concludes the course.
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Examines practical criticism of a wide variety of media texts including television programs, newspapers, articles, films, photographs, and advertisements. Introduces principles of major contemporary modes of analysis for systematically interpreting visual and verbal forms of communication.