COMM 422 - Social Media and Politics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Not available to students who have completed COMM 488; Topic: Social Media & Politics (Taken prior to FA13).
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 261 or COMM 271 strongly recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How have new social media changed the political landscape? Are they a democratizing force or a tool for repression? In what ways do they differ from previous media? These questions anchor our exploration of new media both in American politics and for democratic movements abroad. The literature on new social media is very much in its infancy. Political candidates, leaders of social movements, governments, and academic researchers are all struggling to grasp the significance of new technologies, to understand how they are changing the social and political environment, and to determine whether these technologies really are different from the media environments of our parents and grandparents. As with many things in academe and in life, this course will do more to flesh out the parameters of our questions than offer concrete answers to them.

Course Requirements:

No data submitted

Intended Audience:

Communication Studies Juniors or seniors

Class Format:

Recitation twice weekly for 1.5 hours each.

COMM 422 - Social Media and Politics
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
9Comm St Major
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Reserved for declared Communication Studies majors. May not be taken for credit if previously taken under Comm 488, Social Media and Politics.
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 1594201536
Here comes everybody : the power of organizing without organizations, Author: Shirky, Clay., Publisher: Penguin Press 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1594203008
The filter bubble : what the Internet is hiding from you, Author: Pariser, Eli., Publisher: Penguin Press 2011
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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