COMM 404 - Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Section: 002 Fandom and Digital Culture
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
5
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 101 strongly recommended.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to the study of fandom in the digital era. The aim is to provide a framework for studying how and why a range of consumers perform their investment in particular media texts, from grassroots cultural productions to practices that are cultivated by contemporary media industries. We will explore the evolution of media fandom as a ridiculed fringe practice (as actor William Shatner once illustrated by telling Star Trek fans to "get a life") to one that is now integral to mainstream production and promotional logics (e.g., Comic-Con, crowdsourcing). This includes readings on different forms of affective investment in media as well as specific fan cultures' meaning-making practices in relation to identity, technology, labor, the law, activism, and beyond.

Course Requirements:

No data submitted

Intended Audience:

Juniors and seniors.

Class Format:

Recitation twice weekly for 1.5 hours each.

COMM 404 - Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
16930
Closed
0
4Jr or Sr
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section reserved for declared Communication Studies majors until 4/10/2017.
002 (LEC)
P
23548
Closed
0
4Jr or Sr
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section reserved for declared Communication Studies majors until 4/10/2017.
003 (LEC)
P
27367
Open
2
3Jr or Sr
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section reserved for declared Communication Studies majors until 4/10/2017.
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