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DMS 259 – Introduction To Media Analysis

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Course Description:

This course is designed to provide students with an historical and theoretical context for current and – hopefully – future developments in media. The course begins with an extended discussion of the nature of media focused on the work of Marshall McLuhan.  With this as a context, we will read key texts in 20th century media theory including essays by Habermas, Adorno, Debord, Hall, Baudrillard, Barthes, etc.  Finally, we’ll read current (21st century) work addressing issues in social networking, immersive media and the impact of databases on narrative. Some of this material is – ahh – dense but my approach to it is straightforward: I believe in reading a smaller number of essays carefully as opposed to reading more material quickly. Where I think it is appropriate I provide reading guides but I would be lying if I didn’t say that you will probably spend some time in front of a book with a frown on your face. Many short assignments. The Department of Media Study is based on the idea that making media can be as analytical and critical an act as writing about media so, where appropriate, I’ll entertain either response to the assignment.

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