Telecommunications | Media Life
T101 | 6201-6219 | Deuze, M

We are living a Media Life. Each of us is the star of his or her own
Truman Show. We digitally record, store, edit, and forward almost
every aspect of our lives - whether we want to or not, whether we
are aware of it, or not. We produce as much as consume information.
The media become increasingly immersive, portable, networked. How to
make sense of a life like that, living in a completely mediated
world like this? That is what T101 Media Life is all about.  During
the semester we will trace the development, examine the content, and
explore the impact of new technologies on industry and society,
reviewing both conceptual and practical aspects of our changing
information society. The course is divided into different thematic
sections, each focusing on the relationships between new
communication technology, media industries, and the issues we are
all facing in everyday life: understanding and managing careers,
relationships, and identities.

Society as we know it is in a state of flux, and people respond to
this in extremely different ways: from deeply troubled observations
about the increasingly isolated and disengaged nature of
contemporary life to utopian daydreaming about the coolness of
massive multiplayer gaming environments. After T101 you will be able
to take up an autonomous yet deeply informed position in this
debate - which will influence you for the rest of your career, in
particular if you chosen profession is working somewhere in the
(new) media industries: multimedia journalism, integrated
marketing,  interactive advertising, videogame development,
crossmedia TV and film production, integrated band promotion and
artist representation in the music and recording industry.

Media Life is a perfect gateway course for all University Division
students across campus. T101 also satisfies a course requirement for
minors, and is a required course for Telecommunications majors. Over
the last several years T101 has enrolled students from a wide
variety of disciplines, including prospective majors, minors, and
beyond. Work in the course combines reflective essays, exams that
test your insight, pop quizzes, and creative assignments.

This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies distribution
requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It may, or may
not, also count toward other degree requirements. For more
information about which requirements this course could fulfill see
the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at If you
have questions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.