SOC 25A/B Media and Society

The relationship between media and contemporary society is complex and important. The structure, power and influence of dominant mass media is examined with a particular focus on film and TV. Special attention is paid to issues of imagery and the definition of reality, the construction and significance of the news and advertising, concentration of ownership, the production of spectacle and diversion, the “wired” society, narrative and the construction of reality, and the globalization of media. Lect: 3 hrs. Prerequisite: SOC 11A/B or SOC 104 or SOC 105 Course Weight: 2.00 Billing Units: 1/1

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