This course takes a critical approach to the study of the production and consumption of mass media, focusing on both the media industry in the United States and emerging forms of global media. Drawing upon various media \2013 including television, radio, video games, and the Internet \2013 the course will examine the economic and social organization of mass media, the content of media messages, the relationship between media and the public, the growth of new media technologies, and current dilemmas facing media policy makers. The course assumes that mass media and the industries that produce media products play significant cultural and political roles in contemporary societies. Major credit in Sociology. Counts toward the Communication Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement.