CMS.363 Civic Media, Past and Future

Class Info

Explores the history and futures of civic media and the corresponding vision of citizenship that civic media facilitates. Topics include orality and literacy during the rise of democratic governance in ancient Greece, the affordances and limitations of new civic media in the 19th and 20th centuries, the role of education in promoting civic media use, the "Gutenberg parenthesis," and the emergence of secondary orality in the digital age. Uses historical case studies to illustrate the political and economic effects of new civic media; to enhance theoretical and practical understanding of communication, technology, and political action; and to imagine future models to maximize the opportunities and efficacy of civic media. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

This class has no prerequisites.

CMS.363 will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by E. Schiappa.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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