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** Extra Credit Assignment
You can earn up 2% extra credit added to your final grade for documenting how you have contributed up to 2 pieces of media criticism to the public sphere (1% added for each contribution). By “media criticism,” I mean that that you have contributed to a public discussion about the societal implications of media invoking some of the themes from this class. Some examples of ways of contributing to the public sphere include: a letter about media policy sent to the FCC or a legislative representative, a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine, a comment submitted to a blog or online periodical (the only thing I require is that the blog is not run by you or a friend of yours).
This syllabus is for an 8-week intensive summer course in media literacy. I emphasize a “media citizenship” approach to media literacy, meaning that we cover textual/semiotic analysis and issues of representation, but there’s also a lot of focus on media policy and discussions about how to create a media system that promotes cultural and political democracy by conveying a wide range of ideas, visions, dreams, ways of living, etc. Continue reading