SAC 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Section: 003
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
FILMVID/SAC 230 or 236.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In the past two decades, a (if not the) central storyteller in contemporary American culture has undergone radical institutional reconfiguration as a result of changes in ownership, regulation, number and availability of networks, technology, and most recently, a transition to a digital broadcast system. This class will explore various changes in the television industry, what their consequences have been for television programming, and examine the resulting adjustments in television as a cultural form. We will also consider the changing identity of television as its scope increases with its multiplicity of networks, viewing practices altered by new recording devices, and its convergence with other technologies.

This shift illustrates many other changes occurring in media industries, many of which also are shifting away from their “logic” as “mass” media. The transition from broadcasting to narrowcasting has many implications for the way media are understood in society, their role in the transmission and circulation of ideas, and the potential for sharing cultural forms that dominated previous understandings of many media industries. We explore the medium of television in depth, while we also explore broader questions about niche audiences that are meaningful for understanding other media in this “post-Fordist” society.

This class is organized as a seminar, and as such, students bear much responsibility for its success and their learning. Some familiarity with the US television industry is expected; students who have taken Comm 351 will be particularly well prepared. Because we meet once a week it is simply essential to attend all classes, and to be prepared and ready to engage the readings. This is not a class in which I will lecture much; rather, students should come prepared to engage the ideas from the readings and consider the depth of the consequences changes characteristic of the post-network era might suggest. Please see the CTools site for a tentative syllabus and to appreciate the reading load of the course.

SAC 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LAB)
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (LEC)
Tu 12:00PM - 3:00PM
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