Media and Micro-Politics
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Sociology
Course Number: GSOC 5015
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Social Media
In this course, we will explore media and politics as two sides of the same coin, studying how politics is made possible and shaped by specific media forms, and how the forms of media have embedded within themselves specific political possibilities and difficulties. The approach to political power of Weber, Foucault and Arendt will be considered. Special attention will be given to how media make things visible and how the project of showing is a key to the constitution of political power. The starting point for the discussion of media and politics will be Goldfarb’s account of “the politics of small things” and Dayan’s semiotic examination of even smaller things in his analysis of “monstration.” We will then explore systematically mediated ironies of unintended consequence.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Not open to Undergraduate students.