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Spring 2016-2017
* GER 211 (EC)   No Pass/D/Fail

Introduction to Media Theory

Thomas Y. Levin

Through careful readings of a wide range of media theoretical texts from the late 19th to early 21st century, this seminar will trace the development of critical reflection on technologies and media ranging from the printing press to photography, from gramophones to radio technologies, from pre-cinematic optical devices to film and television, and from telephony and typewriters to cyberspace. Topics include the relationship between representation and technology, the historicity of perception, the interplay of aesthetics, technology and politics, and the transformation of notions of imagination, literacy, communication, reality and truth.

Sample reading list:
Martin Heidegger, The Age of the World Picture
Walter Ong, Orality and Literacy
Walter Benjamin, Writings on Media
Paul Virilio, War and Cinema
Jonathan Sterne, MP3: The Meaning of a Format
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100 pages of reading per week. Midterm paper and final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 35%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40794 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:11 Limit:18