21L.432 Understanding Television

Class Info

A cultural approach to television's evolution as a technology and system of representation. Considers television as a system of storytelling and mythmaking, and as a cultural practice studied from anthropological, literary, and cinematic perspectives. Focuses on prime-time commercial broadcasting, the medium's technological and economic history, and theoretical perspectives. Considerable television viewing and readings in media theory and cultural interpretation are required. Previously taught topics include American Television: A Cultural History. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

This class has no prerequisites.

21L.432 will be offered this semester (Spring 2017). It is instructed by D. Thorburn.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H.

In the Spring 2013 Subject Evaluations, 21L.432 was rated 5.0 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Understanding Television site or on the 21L.432 Stellar site.

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