With Martin Luther King Day behind us, it is the beginning of the spring semester at CUNY. This semester I am teaching only one class there.
An overview of media technologies, including early writing and the printing press, the rise of mass culture, and the digital revolution.
This is a class that all Media Studies majors have to take, and it really covers a lot of ground. We start with communication before there was writing and survey how print and electronic media emerged after the Enlightenment and Industrialization. Finally, we cover a lot of the innovations of the twentieth century, such as motion pictures, radio, and television. We end with computers and the Internet as the basis for digital communication we know so well.
p>The course meets on Monday nights, from 6:30 – 9:20 PM, in Kiely Hall.