Communication and American Culture
Entertainment, crime, & story
This course is driven by a central question: How do different media shape, obscure, and influence American Culture? To answer this question, we will be looking at multiple forms of media: A serialized podcast, documentary films, comedy, non-fiction writing, journalism, and dramatic television, through the lens of the seminal book Amusing Ourselves to Death.
Analyze the ways modern American media interact with the conduct of American life
Recognize the role of commercialism and other aspects of contemporary American capitalism specifically late capitalism (sometimes known as neoliberalism)
Examine the problem of personal development and relationships in the context of a commercially dominated media system.
Understanding of how different forms of media interact with American life
Understand how narrative shapes our perspective on real-life events
Explain the role of commerce/entertainment and how it forms the American Identity