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Media Intervention Final Project

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RSA Animate – The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

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Debating the cultural influence of advertising

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Media Issue Discussion Issue

This is a short essay assignment (3-6 pages) that requires students to do a little research, but it emphasizes analysis more than extensive research. Continue reading

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Extra credit assignment – Contribute to a public discussion

** 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).
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Net neutrality micro-research project.

This is an assignment I’ve used to encourage students to explore media policy issues. By doing a little research on different perspectives on net neutrality, student get a sense of how to gather information and formulate an opinion on media policy issues that are often ignored by major media. In addition to having each student search for 2 articles on net neutrality, I ask everyone to view a report on the net neutrality issue from PBS NOW (http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/222/index.html#here). I think it’s important ask students to critically assess whether certain arguments in this debate might be constructed as a distraction or disguise private interest in the name of public interest. In addition to having students do their own research, I have them share their findings in small groups, map all pro & con arguments, and evaluate the arguments together. Continue reading

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New Telecommunication Studies

What role do new media technologies play in changing the world in which you live? How are new media affecting different lives across the globe? This course offers an introduction to thinking about relationships among emerging media technologies, everyday life, society, and history. This course will examine new media through a perspective informed by critical theory – an approach that to understanding historical events that tries to understand the complex forces that maintain social reality at any moment and asks how a better world might be possible. We will be asking questions about what kinds of social impacts new media are having as well as how social contexts are shaping the way new technologies are used, designed, and deployed. The aim of this course is both an introduction to key themes in the academic field of new media studies as well as to promote critical thinking as media users and members of a society that is making pivotal decisions about what kind of a social order will be supported by emerging technologies. Continue reading

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Logorama

Here’s a link to an academy-award winning animated short Logorama.  This video was created by the French animation H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain.  It’s a good example of culture jamming and art that attempts to subvert … Continue reading

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