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TPolitical economy of media
Ch. 1-2
Manufacturing ConsentHerman + Chomsky, Ch. 1
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How does the de/commodification of media inform politics, history, and social change? Herman and Chomsky argue that mass communication performs a propaganda function.
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TThe human/machine dialecticCh. 3The medium is the messageMcLuhan, Ch. 1
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How does technology increasingly mediate our interactions with nature and the world? What did McLuhan mean when he said the "medium is the message?" Why does it matter today?
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Alicia PollettPresenterPeter Oyeniyi
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TA brief history of print mediaCh. 4Orality & LiteracyOng, Ch. 3+4
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The Gutenberg revolution: linking literacy to the social and political changes to follow. What are some of the differences between "oral" and "literate" modes of thought?
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PresenterAlexa Nicolle Presenter
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A brief history of graphic media
Ch. 5Amusing ourselves to deathPostman, Ch. 6+7
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Photography and the development of cinema, mass media, and mass culture. Did Neil Postman predict the rise of authoritarianism through mass ("entertainment") culture?
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PresenterRyan JensenPresenterDarian Neufeld
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Ch. 6-7
Mass communication and the culture industry
Horkheimer + Adorno, PDF
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Technological development, the 'information age,' and social change. Horkheimer + Adorno present a critique of the capitalist "culture factory" and its passifying influences on society.
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The Internet golden age?Ch. 8Internet media and the human brain
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Digital media, the dream of the 'global village,' and critical reflections. Nicholas Carr examines the connection between Internet media consumption and shallow thinking. Carr, Ch. 5-7
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PresenterPresenterKim Kakegamic
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TGovernment regluationCh. 9
Digital news, democracy, and ideology
Public Policy Forum, PDF
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What modes of governance are used to regulate access to new media technologies? Declining mainstream news, fake news, and new manufacturers of consent.
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PresenterSabba IrfanPresenter
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TWho's a journalist now?
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The post-truth phenomenon and populism
Davis
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In an age of mass communication, is everyone a journalist?
How can we evaluate the truth-value and messages of propositions?
Ch. 1 +11
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Presenterroberta zefiPresenter
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TThe surveillance society
Ch. 11
Identity, opinion, opposition, and scale
Tolentino
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We explore some of the contradictions of social media and data brokering
Overvaluing opinions, maximizing opposition, and cheapening solidarity
Ch. 1 + 6
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PresenterRebecca JanzenPresenter
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TThe surveillance economy
Ch. 12
Digital democracy vs. tyrranical cyberspace
Zizek, PDF
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How do commercial media legitimize growing political surveillance in our lives? "The hype of freedom on the web masks... disparities of power / dangers of blurring real and virtual identities"
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PresenterEvaristo VocajN/A(video + conversation - whole class)
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TPolitics and new media
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Media log sharing + future predictions
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How has the shift towards digital media changed the nature of political participation? We'll spend the final class considering the influence of media in our lives and course revelations.
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PresenterArmando Nekaj
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