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New media graduate seminar for Spring 2010

The Changing Media Environment, JOUR 8003, introduces graduate students to the theoretical implications of the way media is changing because of digital technology, globalization, and economic conditions.

The Changing Media Environment, JOUR 8003, introduces graduate students to the theoretical implications of the way media is changing because of digital technology, globalization, and economic conditions. The course takes a primarily cultural perspective to understand how mass media has changed, evolved (and perhaps devolved) in the past 15 years to the present. Readings include the books "Free: The Future of a Radical Price" by Chris Anderson; "The Cult of the Amateur" by Andrew Keen; "Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide" by Henry Jenkins; "Hybridity or the Cultural Logic of Globalization" by Marwan Kraidy; and "iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era" by Mark Andrejevic; as well as readings and excerpts by Walter Benjamin, James Carey, Marshall McLuhan, Donna Haraway, and Jurgen Habermas.

Students will work on their own research projects that involve any of the topics covered in the course. Previous study in mass communication, communication studies, cultural studies, and media studies is helpful but not necessary.

JOUR 8003 is taught by Shayla Thiel-Stern, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and author of "Instant Identity: Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging."

The class meets Monday and Wednesday, 2 to 3:15 p.m.in 15 Murphy Hall.
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