course description

This class will serve as an introduction to the critical cultural study of the media, focusing on the relationships between media representations and society. Our common goal this semester is to develop a sophisticated, nuanced engagement with the media texts by which we’re perpetually surrounded, an engagement that is neither paranoidly dismissive nor passively accepting. Throughout, we’ll examine the ways that the media function as the lenses through which we perceive and understand the world, exploring how representations construct and naturalize social relationships, while also considering ways that readers of the media’s representations disrupt those representations’ dominant meanings.