International Studies | International Communication
I205 | 11531 | De Boer, S

We are bombarded daily with news of how our world is shrinking, as
locations across the globe become more closely connected. In this
context, we are also inundated with a range of opinions on the role
of media technologies in constructing this new world. For some,
media technologies propel us toward a bright future of close
connection, for others they merely contribute to global
inequalities, while still others view new developments in media as
providing a platform for those who might not otherwise be able to
speak. How do we begin to understand the ways in which media
technologies mediate our links to the world? What sorts of
ideologies and institutions structure them? How do we approach the
ways in which media technologies (and their users) negotiate
experiences and information among particular local, national or
global contexts? Finally, how do we understand our place, and the
place of others, in relation to all that global
media promises us?

This course will focus on digital media, the most recent medium to
be linked to ideals of globalization. We will thus look at
discourses, productions and uses of “new” technologies and
convergences linked to the internet, cell phone and satellite. We
will do so in order to explore how ideals of mobility and location
are mediated through a range of digital technologies in a global
context across such dynamics of power as location, class, sexuality,
gender or ethnicity.