The readings for this week are now up. I decided to focus on the readings of greatest interest, in my view. So, we'll focus on Raymond Williams's classic book Television: Technology and Cultural Form (1974), and Dallas Smythe's essay "Communications: Blindspot of Western Marxism" (1977). Included in the Williams is a critique of McLuhan and other media theory, so it will at least offer a few perspectives for us to consider. You are to read Williams, ch. 1-5, focusing on 1 and 4, and the Smythe.
The "method" reading this week comes from the ecologically-inclined R. Murray Schafer, whose classic The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World (1994/1977) (pp. 123-168), includes a number of ways of analyzing sounds and soundscapes. Read the material selectively, for ideas on how one could develop projects, as well as for comparison with Williams's analysis of "flow." I'll try to dig around online for some kind of relevant object of analysis, please do the same yourselves. Unlike last time, I want to give more time to the "method" section, so apply your creativity in thinking of potential projects.