AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 002 Media Work and Media Play
Term: FA 2010
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Media are tool-based systems used to modify perceptions and communications. Drawing, writing, printing, image and sound recordings, radio, PC, WEB, PDA: apparently these belong together. But it’s hard to delimit media. What about a knife at the throat?

Modern media of simulation and connection began with developments in photography and telegraphy during the first half of the 19th century. Since then media ventures have proliferated in the United States. Some media boosters continue to believe that technical innovations can “annihilate time and space.” They promise a happy apocalypse, but media arts include dissimulation and disconnection. Utopian hopes for liberation from basic categories of existence are haunted by another destabilized classification: humanity. Media extend through us. Addicted to novelty and bemused with our high-maintenance selves, we cyborgs obsess over the idea of human nature. Unlike the metamorphosis of Kafka’s hapless Gregor into a giant beetle, the prosthetic transformations of our appearance, our sensory and expressive faculties, even our memories have been relatively un-traumatic. Are we having fun yet? The media (mass or popular media) is often construed as a broader enterprise that exploits various media, thus exercising undue influence (“power”) over people’s lives. Is the media ­ with its newspaper chains, Hollywood octopus, network television, Internet ­ the Frankenstein’s monster of our civilization? Maybe not, but its specter is continually re-animated by scholars, politicians, and conspiracy buffs.

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
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41743
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with CAAS 358.003, WS 343.001
002 (REC)
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35863
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11
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Students will automatically be enrolled in lab 004 when they elect lecture 003.
003 (LEC)
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45436
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (LAB)
 
45437
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Tu 7:00PM - 9:00PM
005 (LEC)
 
45627
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20
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (DIS)
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45628
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7
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
007 (DIS)
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45629
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7
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
008 (DIS)
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45630
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6
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
009 (LEC)
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45636
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19
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
010 (REC)
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45640
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12
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Th 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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