MS 190: Authorship is the course website for the Fall 2006 Media Studies senior seminar at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
If any of you have space in your schedules for next semester... Professor Susan Larsen is offering a class on visual culture in Russia, which will be cross-listed with Media Studies. Not many people registered for this course, which is a shame, because it should be great! I took a class on Stalinist film and fiction with Professor Larsen during sophomore year, and it was absolutely amazing. I did a couple projects on children's literature in the USSR, and we also read some fascinating books and watched some incredibly interesting films. Larsen is a fantastic prof, really intelligent and passionate. You can't go wrong by taking this course.
Piggybacking off of ofcabbagesandkings's earlier blog, Why am I a major in Media Studies?? It's a kinda weird story actually. I came in to college as a chemistry and marine biology major. What changed that??? I don't know. Actually, 4 hour chemistry labs probably had a lot to do with it. Some of it was also probably not having an outlet for creativity in the areas I was studying. Studying chemical equations made me miserable and I hated not being able to input my opinion into any of it. Memorizing equations and how to complete formulas was just not what I wanted to do for four years of my life.
The last candidate for the position in Media Studies / Sociology will be speaking tomorrow at 4:15 PM in Hahn 108! Details below...
(Ph.D. Northwestern University)
Candidate in Sociology & Media Studies
"POSITIVELY BLACK: BLACK POWER TELEVISION, 1969-1980"
Wednesday, November 29
4:15 PM, Hahn 108
Devorah Heitner is a Ph.D. Candidate in Media, Technology, & Society at Northwestern. Her research focuses on how African Americans challenged racist conditions in U.S. media by creating a national movement of black public a
Have you ever just looked around in one of your media studies classes and thought to yourself, "is this actually happening?" Did I seriously get to watch Youtube and talk about video games for 2 and a half hours yesterday and call that class? Wow, did I ever choose the right major.
This is just a small blog to rejoyce in the fact that instead of learning about the constitution, supply and demand, or memorizing the periodic table of elements, I am watching "hologrinding" in a galaxy far, far, away. Man, isn't Media Studies just the shit sometimes?
So for the presentation, if you get a chance, take a look at "What Does a Very Large-Scale Conversation Look Like?" by Warren Sack. It's related to the Vesna article and is kind of weird. One thing that struck me in these two chapters that I think people should think about for the presentation tomorrow is the distance between academia and real people. This is a major problem I have with much of academia that gets too wrapped up in the theoretical and ignores what real people are doing or thinking. Thinking back on our previous readings, I was okay with the Foucault, Barthes articles because they were being academics wrapped up in academic subjects.