International Media Spring 2014
This course examines media and culture in an international context. Mass media has always been a global endeavor, but the last half of the twentieth century and the first decade of the 21st century has seen incredible advancements in the development of media technologies that disrupt and change the traditional distribution of information. We will examine these developments by examining media production as a global system that is impacted by numerous factors including histories of international relations, global politics and economy, cross cultural exchanges of information and Diaspora.
- Think about media as a global network, and who has access to that network, by developing an understanding of the global political economy of media
- Consider the influence of media on culture worldwide, and the multi-directional flow of media and culture (how our culture influences others, and how other cultures influence our own). Are there still discrete cultures? Or, do we now exist in one globalized culture?
- Investigate how new technologies are creating opportunities for (some) audiences to be media producers and reach wide audiences via the Internet. How does this impact the sharing of culture? How does this impact the ability of people to voice resistance, protest injustice, and organize against powerful institutions?
Class Schedule (subject to change, please keep up with course reading changes)
Jan. 21st Introduction to International Media
23rd Thussu, D. Introduction. Internationalizing Media Studies Introduction: pg. 1- 5
Thussu, D. Theorizing Globalization
28th Mazarella, W. Culture, Globalization, Mediation (available on Sakai)
30th Rantenan, T. Ch. 1 Theorizing Media and Globalization (available on Sakai)
Technology, Culture, and Communication
Feb 4th McLuhan, M. & Fiore, The Medium is the Massage (available on Sakai)
Winston, B. How are Media Born? http://eserver.org/courses/spring2000/76101c/winston.html
6th Murphie & Potts. Technological Determinism and Cultural Materialism
Cultural Imperialism and Glocalization
11th Adorno, T. Culture Industry Reconsidered
13th Schiller, H. The Corporation and Production of Culture.
18th Morley, D. Globalisation and Cultural Imperialism Reconsidered
20th Straubhaar, J. Beyond Media Imperialism