The Political Economy of Media

Term: Fall 2009

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 6023

This course studies the relationship between two forms of mediation. The first is work, an activity which is said to mediate between human beings and nature. The second is communication, an activity that is preeminently understood as a form of social mediation. According to a commonly held view, these two types of activity refer to two different domains of production. Work is assigned the function of fabrication of objects, while communication is assigned the production of social relations. Associated with these notions of production are usually such concepts as "subject and object," "interiority and exteriority," "individual and social," among others.

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