Course : Mass Media and Society 103
- Course Number
- MCOM 1233
- Section Number
- Fall 2022
- Fain Hall, C111
- Dr. Bradley Wilson
- Days & Times
- Final Exam Day/Time
- Tuesday, December 06, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Survey of the mass communication process and mass media, including print media, radio/recording, television, Internet, and emerging media. Students will learn about media issues, societal effects and trends.
Core Code: 090A - Cultural & Global Understanding
Why be excited about this course
Author George Orwell said, âThe people will believe what the media tells them they believe.â Certainly, to some extent, thatâs true. So much is happening every day that we rely on newspapers, television, magazines, websites and social media to sift through it, to pick out whatâs important and then to talk about that. Objectively? Well, thatâs a topic worthy of discussion. Do they get it right? More discussion. What happens when they get it wrong? Ah, so many things to discuss, so little time.
You live in a world where, in the palm of your hand, you have access to more information than your parents when they were little had in all their books and libraries combined. But how do you choose what media to consume? How do you find the truth? âWhoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture,â Allen Ginsberg, a poet, said. And with great power comes great responsibility. You have the power of the press in your hands with social media and the ability to create a website that can reach billions of people in an instant. How will you use that power or hold those with that power accountable?
As a result of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand and define mass communication.
- Understand and explain the function of the mass media.
- Analyze critically mass media and mass media messages.
- Demonstrate an understanding of media literacy and consumption of mass media.
- Understand the economic and social imperatives affecting message content, delivery and effects.
- Understand the influences of media content on cultural perceptions.
- Understand the characteristics of contemporary mass media, including the influence and roles of media history, media law and ethics, governmental regulation, and evolving technology.
- Analyze and discuss media message content using critical thinking skills.
- Understand media history and technology and their effects on contemporary messages.
- Develop an increased understanding and awareness of media influences on perceptions of multiculturalism and diversity.
- Understand the evolving roles of social media messages on politics, behavior, and culture.
- Understand the effects of globalization and consolidation on the media.
Students are expected to be in class each and every time the class meets. Students will not be able to make up unannounced quizzes given in classes they miss. E-mail Dr. Wilson prior to the absence as a courtesy. Students are responsible for making up any work missed on their own time, working with classmates.
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