COMM 404 - Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Section: 001 Fandom and Digital Culture
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
5
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 critical framework for analyzing how and why a range of fans perform their investment in particular media texts, including grassroots cultural productions and practices that are cultivated by contemporary media industries. We’ll explore the evolution of media fandom from a ridiculed fringe practice (as actor William Shatner once illustrated by telling Star Trek fans to “get a life” in an infamous Saturday Night Live skit) to one that’s now integral to mainstream production and promotional logics (e.g., Comic-Con, crowdfunding). This includes readings on different forms of affective investment in media; negotiations of power between audiences and producers; and specific fan cultures’ meaning-making practices in relation to taste, identity, technology, labor, the law, and activism.

Intended Audience:

Juniors and seniors

Class Format:

1.5 hour lecture twice per week

COMM 404 - Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
30723
Open
25
25Comm St Major
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
002 (LEC)
P
30724
Open
25
25Comm St Major
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
003 (LEC)
P
27105
Open
25
25Comm St Major
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
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