Telecommunications | Global Media Issues
T413 | 15277 | Deuze, M

T413 Global Media Issues

In this course we will analyze and discuss a globally emerging
network of cultural production as organized, managed and executed by
interconnected media industries. Movies, games, advertisements and
even the news are not particularly ‘American’ or ‘Dutch’ anymore
when considered in terms of how these media are made. Creative
industries such as advertising agencies, television and movie
companies or video game studies are increasingly drawn into a global
network of production facilities, and our understanding what it
means to make media has to change accordingly. At the same time,
people all over the world are taking control over their media and
are increasingly likely to produce their own – consider the
phenomenal success of YouTube, Wikipedia, Ohmynews, MySpace,
Facebook and thousands of other websites where the distinction
between consumer and producer or professional and amateur has

Global media issues are a combination of understanding the global
production networks of contemporary media corporations as well as an
emerging worldwide participatory media culture. We will look at
these complex issues in all their manifestations. We will divide
into groups, find, and index and map exemplary case studies of both
phenomena, looking at domains as varied as popular music, community
media, weblogs, Indymedia, citizen journalism, and computer games.
There are five ways to evaluate your performance in this class (in
the order of importance): a group research project (30% of your
final grade), two 6-page literature review papers combining all the
readings in this class  (15% each), participation in class as
measured by attendance, in-class presentations and engagement in
class discussions (20%), and your submissions of examples for the
Thursday classes (20%).

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
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