CMS.915 Understanding Television
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.
CMS.915 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by D. Thorburn.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
You can find more information at the CMS Subjects: Current Schedule and Full List - MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing site or on the CMS.915 Stellar site.
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