Syllabus

Instructor:  John Proctor

Fall 2016

Email:   john.proctor@mville.edu

Monday & Thursday 12:10-1:25

Office: Library 128

Brownson 130

Office Hours:             5-9 Thursdays (Writing Desk) or by appointment

 

CAM3046

Convergent Media, Divergent Voices

Course Requirements

This seminar explores trends toward multimedia presentation and the convergence of print, broadcast and online media, and how these have influenced journalistic and creative discourse from the late 1960’s to the present. We discuss changes in social, political, and personal communication caused by the media’s rapid evolution, and consider the rise of online investigative media and recent blogging culture. The role of convergence in corporate media’s shrinking number of players in the mainstream is a concern, as are alternative media as viable divergent voices in the media landscape.

While we will be exploring some of the technologies that influence non-mainstream thought, this is not a technical course. Rather, we will be exploring the relationship of thought and media through a theoretical perspective (some of the larger meanings that are forming through this media shift) and a practical perspective (how you can become, or remain, involved). A typical week will involve roughly equal time with both, which means about half the time will be devoted to lecture and discussion, and the other half will be a more hands-on workshop of developing divergent voices, including our own.

Required Reading & Listening

The Social Media Reader, edited by Michael Mandiberg (Creative Commons licensed for free download in most formats)

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, Virginia Heffernan ISBN 978-1-4391-9170-5

NPR’s On the Media weekly podcast

The class blog and materials I will give you during the semester

 

 

Attendance and Grading Policy

Missing classes will have an increasingly negative impact on a student’s grade.  Two (2) latenesses equal one absence.  Attendance and participation make up a large portion of the final grade, so it is important that you show up on time and prepared to participate.

All assignments must be turned in on the due date.  Sports commitments and other extracurricular activities are not excused absences, and must be budgeted into the limited number of absences allowed.

                        GRADING RUBRIC:

                        Attendance & Participation, including online element            30%

Midterm Exam                                                                                20%

Presentation: Critical Background on Semester Project           10%

Research Paper                                                                               20%

Semester Project                                                                            20%

SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS:

Students needing accommodations for a documented disability should notify the instructor and provide documentation as soon as possible at the beginning of the semester.

A NOTE ON PLAGIARISM & ACADEMIC HONESTY – We will discuss this further in class, but here it is in a nutshell: All written work and class presentations are to be in your own words, or with full and proper attribution of your sources.  The first instance of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the assignment; a second instance will result in a failing grade for the course.  Any questionable work is subject to reporting to the Academic Writing Dean of the College.

Class Schedule

 

Date Texts Practice
Week 1: 8/29 & 9/1 On the Media samples

Magic and Loss, Preface

Social Media Reader, Introduction

A sampling of divergent voices in the media
Week 2:

9/5 & 9/8

 

Magic and Loss, Design

On the Media

NO CLASS MONDAY

Design-based paradigm shifts

Overview of possibilities for student work in convergent media

Week 3:

9/12 & 9/15

Magic and Loss, Text

On the Media

Reply All (podcast): Yik Yak Returns

Text-based media

Podcast discussion: Reply All

Week 4:

9/19 & 9/22

Magic and Loss, Images

On the Media

99% Invisible (podcast): Perfect Security

Image-based media

Podcast discussion: 99% Invisible

 

Week 5:

9/26 & 9/29

Magic and Loss, Video

On the Media

Radiolab (podcast): Smile My Ass

Video-based media

Podcast discussion: Radiolab

Week 6:

10/3 & 10/6

 

Magic and Loss, Music

On the Media

Music and media

Research Paper & Semester Project Introduced

Week 7:

10/10 & 10/13

Review for Midterm NO CLASS MONDAY

MIDTERM EXAM

 

Week 8:

10/17 &10/20

On the Media

 

 

Date Texts Practice
Week 9:

10/24 & 10/27

On the Media

Unpacking My Library

Unpacking My Record Collection

Social Media Reader, Participating in the Always-On Lifestyle

How’s your relationship doing?
Week 10:

10/31 & 11/3

On the Media

Magic and Loss, Even if You Don’t Believe in It

What is truth?

Critical Background Presentations

Work on Research Papers and Semester Projects

Week 11:

11/7 & 11/10

On the Media

Social Media Reader, Open Source as Culture/Culture as Open Source, Your Intermediary Is Your Destiny

VIDEO CHAT WITH VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN

Where is the intellectual commons, and does information really want to be free?

Critical Background Presentations

Work on Research Papers and Semester Projects

Week 12:

11/14 & 11/17

On the Media Critical Background Presentations

Work on Research Papers and Semester Projects

Week 13:

11/21 & 11/24

On the Media NO CLASS THURSDAY

RESEARCH PAPERS DUE

 

Week 14:

11/28 & 12/1

SEMESTER PROJECTS DUE
Week 15:

12/5 & 12/8

 

A NOTE ON PLAGIARISM & ACADEMIC HONESTY – We will discuss this further in class, but here it is in a nutshell: All written work and class presentations are to be in your own words, or with full and proper attribution of your sources. The first instance of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the assignment; a second instance will result in a failing grade for the course. Any questionable work is subject to reporting to the Academic Writing Dean of the College.

 

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