Collins Living Learning Center | Video Killed the Radio Star
L220 | 26857 | Matthew Kerchner


This course uses anthropology and folklore to explore music videos as
cultural texts which offer insight into how such formal constructs are produced
and consumed, as well as the role of gender, drugs and alcohol, national
events, politics, globalization of popular cultural and economics have on their
formation and their impact in society.  Upon completion of the course,
students will have acquired the conceptual and methodological tools for
conducting ethnographic analyses of visual materials as information-dense
artifacts that can be explored and understood through social science.  The
majority of videos will be from the 1980ís.  However, the last quarter of the
semester will focus on those from subsequent decades so as to enable
students to understand how videos as an art form have evolved.