The Media - The broadcast, interactive, audio, visual, and printed, the digital and analog, and the big and small screens all have a pervasive influence on each of us. The influence is so vast until it has created its own culture within the culture.
This course will enable us to analyze overt, subtle and subliminal messages about culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social class, age, and ability, as presented to us through the media. We will further develop an authentic sense of our own culture through research, readings and open discussion of “difference.”
Expected outcomes include moving beyond viewing and producing TV, film and other media into analysis of the values implicit in each genre, participating in projects within our media community, and self-examination of personal cultural and racial identity.
Combined with the culture we were raised and educated in, media helps to shape our beliefs, traditions, attitudes, consciousness, customs, values, thoughts, behaviors, norms and knowledge. They define our society and clarify our worldview.
It is through this program of study that we learn about our media-saturated world. It also deepens awareness of individual perspectives and differences, facilitating the collaborative process of media making. Because the media involves audiences, readers, and fans, as well as creators, producers, celebrities, technicians and influencers, there is something here for everyone.