SST 256      Media and Society

Ann Nelson

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8:00 10:00 am

Hend 302


The world of media is going through a major transformation around the world, affecting politics, culture, and international relations.  This course will begin with classic concept of media by analyzing theorists such as Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Marshall McLuhan. It will continue with readings from contemporary thinkers such as Yochai Benkler, Clay Shirky, and Mohammed el-Nawawy, on modern media, and explore new platforms such as online media and cell phones as they affect both the West and the developing world.  It will include both texts and online examples, and students will be encouraged to experiment with the creation of online content, focusing on the arts, human rights, and other issues of interest to both the U.S. and Palestine.