Communication and Culture | Topics in Media History (Topic: Cultural History of Television)
C420 | 29028 | Dawson, M.


MW, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, C2 100

Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Max Dawson
E-Mail: Max@northwestern.edu

This course examines television’s history as a technology, industry,
and cultural form. We will begin with television’s technological
origins in the late 19th century, and conclude with the ongoing
convergence of television and emerging digital technologies and
forms.  Along the way, we will focus on the complex relationships
between changing programming formats and contemporary economic,
political, and social developments.

At the end of this class, students will be equipped to answer the
following questions:

• How did television become the dominant information and
entertainment medium of the 20th century?
• How has television shaped the public and private environments we
inhabit and the relationships we engage in with others in these
spaces?
• What do audience “do” with television?  What does television “do”
with audiences?
• How have television form, style, and narration changed over the
last sixty years? What factors are accountable for these changes?
• And, finally, what does the future hold for television?