Collins Living Learning Center | Video Killed the Radio Star
L220 | 28426 | 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.