TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Tarbutton Hall 105
Roberto Franzosi. 44767 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Crosslisted: LING327-000.

Semester Details:

This course provides an introduction to the mass media in modern societies. Different aspects of media will be covered, ranging from the political economy of the media (we will try to answer such questions as: Who owns the media? and Can advertisers influence media programs?), to the media as news and entertainment. We will look at the world of advertising, its language, its messages, and its pictures. We will investigate the notion of media bias or the selection and presentation of news, with particular reference to gender, race, class, and nation states. We will take up the question: Is there more to the selection of news than time, space, and cultural constraints? In attempting to answer that question we will take up broader concepts, such as hegemony and ideology, and the role of language in shaping people's consciousness.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Bagdikian, Ben H. The New Media Monopoly.
    ISBN: 9780807061879.
  2. Nichols, John, & McChesney, Robert W. Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy.
    ISBN: 9781595581297.
  3. Spigel, Lynn. Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America.
    ISBN: 9780226769677.

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