Fund of Sociology of Media

Term: Spring 2010

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 5014

The object of this course is to examine the notions of medium and mediation from different perspectives. For this purpose, the course covers three main areas. First, it surveys theories and theoretical approaches to media that, directly or indirectly, have contributed to the definition of the field, such as medium theory, information theory, semiotics, cultural studies, mediology, and others. Second, it critically examines today's media industry, its institutional apparatus, its forms of production and distribution, and its economic and political power. Third, it relates some media-specific historical and technological changes, such as reproduction, recording, transmission, and networking, to the transformation of social experience. Finally, the course suggests that it is from the combination of these levels of analysis that one can understand the experience of mediation and the mediation of experience.

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