As usual, I began with an exercise before discussing what makes up the study of media. I adapted an exercise on constructing a media diary from Long and Wall's Media Studies: Texts, Production and Context (2009), and gave my students the following instructions:
As usual, I began with an exercise as jump-off point for introducing what makes up communication study. I told my students to recall their reading of the opening chapters of Griffin, Littlejohn and Foss, and West and Turner. Then I gave my students (working by groups) the following instructions:
Using their answers to the exercise, we talked about how communication may be defined according to the elements they've identified and they've diagrammed how these elements function. We compared their definitions with the 126 definitions mapped by Frank Dance in his 1976 study. We also differentiated their definitions following Dance's three (3) points:
Using the various definitions (Dance's and the students'), we go into a discussion of how communication has been studied through time. We looked at Griffin's drawing (seen below) to map how communication study developed through the years:
This term I'll be handling two sections this course on media history, technological development, and media theories. The first time I taught it, my students and I approached the subject generally from a mass communication perspective: we took up the history of different mass media, the technological development of each medium, and issues and theories related to the transmission of information to mass audiences. We had the following references:
The second time I was assigned to teach the course, my students and I followed a media studies orientation, taking a more critical focus on the content, production, and effects of media communication (not necessarily for a mass audience; though we still discussed the history and technological development of the different mass media). We'll still follow this orientation this term. So aside from the references listed above, we'll also use the following:
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