10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1005
Section Information for Fall 2016
How have media and communication technologies transformed American culture and society? How does popular culture shape our identities and our understanding of the social world? How does the news shape our views on political issues? How have digital networking technologies transformed our everyday lives? In this course, we will examine a variety of theories addressing the complex relationships between media producers, technologies, content, and audiences, and we will also explore how each theoretical perspective emerged in response to particular historical and political circumstances. Finally, in our discussions, we will attempt to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective, and how each theory helps us better understand our relationship to the contemporary media environment.
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