Readings, Media & Lectures

The following table lists the media viewed and discussed in class, readings assigned for each session, and provides selected lecture notes.

LEC # TOPICS and MEDIA (In-class) LECTURE SLIDES READINGS
1 Welcome: Introduction to the course; explanation of assignments    None
I. From Old Media to New Media to Banal Media
2

Media

The Guild

FilmCow. "Charlie the Unicorn." January 10, 2008. YouTube. Accessed May 20, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsGYh8AacgY

Hitler Takedown Videos

  Buy at Amazon Gitlin, T. "Supersaturation, or, the Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling." In Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives. Metropolitan Books, 2001. ISBN: 9780805048988. [Preview with Google Books]
3 Media technology apart from content: McLuhan and Lundemo (PDF)

Lundemo, T. "Why Things Don't Work. Imagining New Technologies From The Electric Life to the Digital." In Experiencing the Media: Assemblages and Cross-overs. Edited by T. Sihvonen, and P. Väliaho. University of Turku, 2003, pp. 13-28.

Buy at Amazon McLuhan, M. "The Medium is the Message." In Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks. Edited by M. G. Durham, and D. M. Kellner. Wiley-Blackwell, 2005. ISBN: 9781405132589.

4

Technologies have biases

Media

Lumière Brothers. "Arrival of a train at La Ciotat (1895)." YouTube. Accessed May 20, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dgLEDdFddk

"Hindenberg disaster." YouTube. Accessed May 20, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA [Herb Morrison's radio report synchronized with newsreel footage]

"CNN: Challenger Disaster Live on CNN." January 28, 1986. YouTube. Accessed May 20, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfnvFnzs91s

(PDF)

Buy at Amazon Ong, W. Chapters 1 and 2 in Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. Methuen, 1982. ISBN: 9780416713800.

Bush, V. "As We May Think." The Atlantic Monthly. July 1945.

Buy at Amazon Carey, J. "Technology and Ideology: The Case of the Telegraph." Chapter 8 in Communication as Culture: Essays on Media and Society. Routledge, 1992. ISBN: 9780415907255. [Preview with Google Books]

5 Discussion   None
6

Media

Various editions of Metropolis

  Buy at Amazon Gustafson, S. "The Emerging Media of Early America." Chapter 17 in Cultural Narratives: Textuality and Performance in American Culture before 1900. Edited by S. Gustafon, and C. Sloat. University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780268029760.
7 Cinema (PDF)

Buy at Amazon Manovich, L. "Old Media as New Media: Cinema." In The New Media Book. Edited by Dan Harries. BFI Pubublications, 2008. ISBN: 9780851709253.

Buy at Amazon Simons, J. "New Media as Old Media: Cinema." In The New Media Book. Edited by Dan Harries. BFI Publications, 2008. ISBN: 9780851709253.

II. Methods matter
8

Media

South Park. "You Have 0 Friends." Season 14, episode 4 (airdate April 7, 2010).

 

Buy at Amazon Newcomb, H. "Narrative and Genre." In The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies. Edited by J. Downing, D. McQuail, P. Schlesinger, and E. Wartella. Sage Publications, Inc, 2004. ISBN: 9780761921691.

Buy at Amazon Nardi, B. Chapters 1 and 2 in My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft. University of Michigan Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780472050987. [Preview with Google Books]

9  Textual analysis  

Buy at Amazon McKee, Alan. Selections in Textual analysis: A Beginner's Guide. SAGE Publications Inc, 2003. ISBN: 9780761949930.

- Chapter 1, "What is Textual Analysis?" [Preview with Google Books]

- Chapter 4, "How Do I Know What's a Likely Interpretation?" [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Baym, N. "Finding the Quality in Qualitative Research." In Critical Cyberculture Studies. Edited by D. Silver, and A. Massanari. New York University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780814740231.

III. Seeing more clearly: the visual
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John Berger's Ways of Seeing. Four 30 minute episodes, BBC Television, 1972. [View all episodes at UbuWeb]

  Buy at Amazon Berger, John. Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series. Penguin, 1972. ISBN: 9780140135152.
11 Field trip to Powered Up 2010 Boston Expo  

Buy at Amazon Sontag, Susan. "In Plato's Cave." In On Photography. Picador, 2001. ISBN: 9780312420093. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Dyer, R. "The Light of the World." Chapter 3 in White. Routledge, 1997. ISBN: 9780415095372.

IV. Hearing and sound
12  Audio: various in-class listening  

Buy at Amazon Gura, P. "Straddling the Color Line: The Print Revolution and the Transmission, Performance, and Reception of American Vernacular Music." Chapter 12 in Cultural Narratives: Textuality and Performance in American Culture before 1900. Edited by S. Gustafon, and C. Sloat. University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780268029760.

Sterne, J. "The MP3 as Cultural Artifact." New Media Society 8, no. 5 (2006).

Buy at Amazon Gitelman, L. "Media, Materiality, and the Measure of the Digital; or, the Case of Sheet Music and the Problem of Piano Rolls." In Memory Bytes: History, Technology, and Digital Culture. Edited by L. Rabinovitz, and A. Geil. Duke University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780822332411. [Preview with Google Books]

13 Peer review of analysis paper/workshop   None
14 Conducting interviews   None
15 Conducting interviews (cont.)   None
V. Convergence
16

Media

Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog

  Buy at Amazon Jenkins, H. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York University Press, 2006, pp. 1-19. ISBN: 9780814742815. [Preview with Google Books]
17 Discussion  

Buy at Amazon Papper, R., M. Holmes, and M. Popovich. "Middletown Media Studies II: Observing Consumer Interactions with Media." Chapter 3 in Understanding Media Convergence: The State of the Field. Edited by A. Grant, and J. Wilkinson. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780195327779.

Buy at Amazon Kornegay, V. "Media Convergence and the Neo-Dark Age." Chapter 5 in Understanding Media Convergence: The State of the Field. Edited by A. Grant, and J. Wilkinson. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780195327779.

VI. Transmedia
18 Read and discuss Henry Jenkins blog excerpts  

Jenkins, Henry. Selections from Confessions of an Aca-Fan.

19

Media

Animatrix

Excerpts from The Matrix

(PDF) Buy at Amazon Williams, S. "Authentic Revisions: James Redpath and the Promotion of Social Reform in America, 1850-90." Chapter 15 in Cultural Narratives: Textuality and Performance in American Culture before 1900. Edited by S. Gustafon, and C. Sloat. University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780268029760.
VII. Games and social media
20 The game industry and gamification (PDF)

Buy at Amazon Radner, J. "The Speaking Eye and the Listening Ear: Orality, Literacy, and Manuscript Traditions in Northern New England Villages." Chapter 9 in Cultural Narratives: Textuality and Performance in American Culture before 1900. Edited by S. Gustafon, and C. Sloat. University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780268029760.

Schell, J. "Design Outside the Box." Presentation in the D.I.C.E. (Design Innovate Communicate Entertain) 2010 Summit, February, 2010. Video.

Hecker, C. "Achievements Considered Harmful?" Lecture in the 2010 Game Developers Conference, March, 2010. Text, video.

VIII. Transnational/global media
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Media

Ugly Betty (2006-2010)

  Medina, C. "Illegal Immigration in the Melting Pot: A Textual Analysis of 'Ugly Betty.'" In "Understanding the ABC's of Ugly Betty: A Rhizomatic Analysis of the Illegal Immigrant Narrative in Ugly Betty, the Political Economy of Latino(a) Television Audiences, and Fan Engagement with Television Texts." Ohio University, 2011. Doctoral dissertation.
22

Media

Yo Soy Betty La Fea (1999-2001)

  See prior session
23  Discussion  

Aksoy, A., and K. Robins. "Banal Transnationalism: The Difference that Television Makes." Transnational Communities Programme, paper WPTC-02-08, 2008. (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)

Buy at Amazon Tunstall, J. "Television Soap Operas, Telenovelas, Brazil." In The Media Were American: U.S. Mass Media in Decline. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780195181470.

IX. Summing things up
24 Final project presentations   None
25 Final project presentations (cont.)   None