This course is an entry point into the
Department of Communication’s Master of Communication in Digital Media
program, for those who want to
specialize and do research in this growing field.
The course focuses on the past, present, and future of digital media, in contrast to traditional media outlets studied in most communication programs. However, we will examine the connections between new technology, traditional media content, economics, social and individual influences, and communications theory. In short, we will explore what may be truly new and revolutionary about digital media, and what may be a continuation of traditional technology, content, and audience uses. We will also examine information and telecommunications technologies that play a significant role shaping the modern society. These include the Internet, broadband communications systems, cellular telephony, wireless networking, and digital, cable, and satellite TV.
While we will examine these topics from a traditional “Who said What to Whom through What Channel with what Effect” model of mediated communication, we will also move beyond this traditional “transmission approach” to explore a “ritual approach” to digital media and examine how the technology itself shapes our concepts and mythologies about self, culture and group membership.