01:30 PM to 03:20 PM MTWR
Thompson Hall 2021
Section Information for Summer 2014
Television has become the preeminent communications system in the world. But pervasiveness and ubiquity are not the only reasons to study television. Television calls into question many long-held ideas regarding aesthetics, ontology, and epistemology; terms normally reserved for philosophy, not the mass media. Additionally, television is embelmatic of modern industrial society; pointing to capitalism as a global system. Television can also be conceived as mindless, entertaining, and superficial even as it creates communities, national imaginaries and seem to bring the world into our homes. This course will examine some of these contradictions. We will explore what television is, what television does, and how television shapes our fundamental assumptions about space, time, image and sound. This course will emphasize television's place in a larger historical context of other media forms, consumerism, and modernity.
Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in film and media studies..