Collins Living Learning Center | Video Killed the Radio Star
L220 | 16270 | Matthew Kerchner


This course uses anthropological theory 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 1980's, however, some videos from the 1990's and
present will be considered when discussing the evolution of the art form.