Tag Archives: New Media

Copyright Criminals – Video on music sampling and intellectual property debates

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Brief analytical/critical paper on electronic media

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Debating the future of news

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Nicholas Carr – Is Google Making Us Stupid?

I assign these articles to introduce students to questions aboud how media technologies affect human minds and perception. These articles are all colorful and well-written for undergraduates. I also use these readings to discuss technophobia, technophilia, and debates about skeptical and optimistic attitudes towards new technologies. 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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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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