Week 1 and 2 Lecture Outline (COM 140)

Week 1 and 2 Lecture Outline (COM 140) - COM 140 Week 1 and...

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COM 140 Week 1 and Week 2 Lecture Outline 8/20 I. What is “Media?”: Devices, institutions, cultural forms. So media cannot be thought separately from the political, economic, social, cultural context. II. Questions to ask when examining the media: 1) What kind of social relations or cultural notions make or inform certain media representations/uses? 2) Who are the “actors” producing the media or determining their significance and relevance? Is there a certain elite making the media or do the media reflect the taste of the masses? Is there a struggle over meaning by different groups? III. Mediation a. “Interceding” or “Coming between” b. Describes the relationship between the producer and the consumer of the message. c. Implies that which has been mediated has been biased or shaped by the mediator. IV. Examples a. Al-Jazeera (original) vs. Al-Jazeera a. Same stories, different framing b. BBC on Afghanistan 1. Attempt at undoing mediation; simulating direct contact 2. Real life experience, daily contact 3. Ordinary people 4. In search for authenticity-how it “really” is/how people live.
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Week 1 and 2 Lecture Outline (COM 140) - COM 140 Week 1 and...

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