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This Mediated Life: An Introduction to the Study of Mass Media

Semester and Year FA 2014
Course Number IDSEM-UG1752
Section 001
Instructor Julian Cornell
Days Thu
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM


This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an intensive introduction to the study of mass media. Utilizing wide ranging critical and theoretical methodologies, the course will consider how media alternately reflects and forms our sense of politics, economics, race, gender, sexuality and citizenship. The course will be concerned with questions such as: What function does mass media serve for society? How does a media saturated cultural environment shape our identity? How do mass media forms delineate and naturalize prevailing ideologies and ways of being in the world? Can media provide a means to challenge cultural and political hegemony? Readings will be drawn from Berger’s Media Analysis Techniques , Jenkins’ Convergence Culture , Levinson’s New New Media  as well as the anthologies The Media Studies Reader  and Gender, Race and Class in the Media and the course will include excerpts from the films The Dark Knight Returns, The Matrix, The Truman Show, and Wag the Dog , television shows such as 60 Minutes, Family Guy, The Simpsons, South Park and The X-Files , and a selection of other media forms, including blogs, radio shows, podcasts, graphic novels, magazines, music videos, social media sites and videogames.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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