04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T
Horizon Hall 4000
Section Information for Fall 2022
This course borrows from Arjun Appadurai’s conceptual model of contemporary “mediascapes” as global cultural flows.i Three case studies of hemispheric and global flows of media – film, television and popular music -- serve as a framing device for investigating both the power relationships that condition contemporary global media production and distribution and the “imagined worlds” these media offer to audiences in national, hemispheric and global contexts. A key feature in the course is our study of the relationship of globalized media to global inequalities. How has the rise of media regulatory power, IP regimes, surveillance, content delivery control and encroachment into public sectors like education diminished equal access to information and the cultural commons? How have media monopolies and IP limited everyday people’s participation in the creation and distribution of content and their democratic engagement with media power arrangements? And how are First Nation, rural and other marginalized communities fighting back for media access, content creation and distribution?