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Copyright Criminals – Video on music sampling and intellectual property debates

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Class debate on media policy

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Debating the future of news

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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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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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Media Literacy Syllabus

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

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