Media and Micropolitics
This course examines the way social interaction constitutes politics, with a tight focus on interpersonal interactions and with time and space considered as variables influenced by media forms. We consider the relationships among face-to-face deliberation, the printed word, and electronic media. Theoretically, the course attempts to integrate the micro-sociology of Erving Goffman with the political theory of Hannah Arendt. Empirically and historically, cases are examined in which micro-interactions constitute political forms and contests. Normatively, the relationships between free associations, free speech, and free politics are studied.