Television and American Culture
This course explores American life in the last seven decades through an analysis of our central medium: television. Spanning a history of television from its origins in radio to today’s digital convergence via YouTube and Netflix, we will consider television's role in both representing and constituting American society through a variety of approaches, including: the economics of the television industry, television's role within American democracy, the formal attributes of various television genres, television as a site of gender and racial identity formation, television's role in everyday life, the medium's technological transformations, and television as a site of global cultural exchange. Note to students: this course involves substantial streaming of television for assigned viewing. 3 hrs. lect./disc. / 3 hrs. screen

11:15am-12:05pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday at AXN 109 (Sep 13, 2021 to Dec 13, 2021)
7:30pm-10:25pm on Monday at AXN 100 (Sep 13, 2021 to Dec 13, 2021)
Axinn Center 109