The development and evolution of contemporary society have become inextricably intertwined with the development and use of electronic media within the past 100 years. This course explores the complex interactions involving society, information, communication, and the electronic media. Controversial topics that media have brought to the fore, and in some cases caused, will be highlighted.
Explain various methods of researching media effects.
Identify the interactions of information, entertainment, and communication.
Sex, Violence, and Other Hot-Button Issues
Analyze the social effects of violence in the media.
Critique the use of sexual content in public communication.
Critique the social impact of new forms of immediacy and intimacy made possible by electronic communication.
Persuasion, Politics, and Propaganda
Identify intentional and unintentional forms of persuasion in the media.
Summarize the effects of bias in news presentation.
Critique the media's presentations of racial types and gender roles.
Assess the role of the web and Internet in affecting political points of view.
New Media Technologies, New Social Issues I
Evaluate the role of the Internet in social alienation.
Explain digital democracy and its possible effects.
Critique the digital divide in a global economy.
New Media Technologies, New Social Issues II
Analyze creativity and intellectual property rights in the online environment.
Explain the new role of copyright protection in cyberspace.
Assess the impact of digital surveillance on personal and professional lives.
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