Week One: Understanding Media

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This week, we look at the broad field of media studies and the changing landscape of media, technology, and publishing–with all the related questions that bear on our work as scholars.

What are some of the central preoccupations of scholars in media studies? What themes and concerns run through this work?  How do Bolter and Grusin get us to think differently about the mediated-ness of history–or do they at all? And does the shift toward electronic publishing portend serious changes in the way writers write and readers read–or is it just old wine in new bottles?

Your response need not directly address these questions, but they can provide a starting point for reflection if you like.

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