250 Final Notes - Lecture Disc Reading

250 Final Notes - Lecture Disc Reading - Week 8: October 26...

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Week 8: October 26 Discussion (before midterm) Methodology o Who’s left out? o Randomness? Representative of population, sufficiently large o Significance? o Simplifying filters? Abstract o Correlation does not imply causation Terminology and Classification o What do they mean by violence? Ideological frames 4 th estate: The fourth branch of gov’t. Like the watchdog of government to keep them honest Cultural uplift o Radio’s purpose for American, to uplift o Role of media to educate and uplift o Somewhat elites o Lift low up to the high Patterns in adaptation o Blue sky’s o Diffusion of innovations o Old media stays when new media comes along Week 8: October 27 MIDTERM
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Week 9 November 1 Lecture Studying Inequality The way media at once represent, uphold, and challenge social inequalities and forms of social oppression o Social class (working, middle, upper) o Gender (male, female, only categories? Transgender) o Race o Ethnicity o Sexuality o Other identity categories Contemporary example of social inequality The show was successful amongst affluent, upper-class white men The Wire vs… The Amos N Andy Show (white men putting on black accents) Boyz N The Hood Good Times The Cosby Show The Help What is Inequality? One of the great social ideas o Justice, opportunity, autonomy o Common humanity Contested Concept o Equality of what? Among whom? How to measure it? Media, Equality, Power Representation in Media Texts o Who is/isn’t on screen? How do we identify with them? Knocked UP -> who is not on screen Representation in Media Industries o Whose making/funding media? Whose stories are/aren’t being told and by whom? How is “circumscribed agency” being negotiated 1 woman won best director in history Kathyrn Bigelow for Hurt Locker o Visibility and Value Seeing someone who identifies not with the norm…
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Are they working together? Social/ Historical context o What larger debates or political action makes up the media environment Example: That Girl -> First feminism on TV (at the time) Media Reception and Access o It doesn’t always matter how the author intended for it to be read o Who is/isn’t able to engage with certain media? o What reading options are available/possible/privileged? Ideologies – implicit assumptions and values o (Limits) roles and possibilities: Normative middle class whiteness? Upholds the norm middle class white Default -> happy people with happy problems, The Wire is different Facebook -> if you don’t have a picture, your “default” is a “white guy”. November 3 Lecture (Guest Andrew) Studying Inequality : social class inequality and the politics of taste “Everything Bad is Good for You” reading Book is a work of propaganda “Sleeper curve”: mass media are “exercising our minds” by forcing us to memorize and analyze Education Intelligence
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250 Final Notes - Lecture Disc Reading - Week 8: October 26...

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