The very brief course description:
An overview of media technologies, including early writing and the printing press, the rise of mass culture, and the digital revolution.
This is the first time I’ve taught this particular course. The biggest challenge was finding a competent textbook. I didn’t quite find what I was looking for, but I did find a fairly good collection of readings about different communication forms. Tim Wu’s The Master Switch, a terrific book on media technologies and those who control them, will supplement the readings.