Class Notes

Class Notes and Audio – 2/6/12

February 6, 2012

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75min New Media: A Critical Introduction, 1.3-1.6
What is “new” in new media? – 44-45
Revolution vs business as usual – 45-46
The importance of critical and historical perspective – 46-48, 51-52
Progressive/teleological historical accounts of new media – 52-55
The limits of this outlook – 55-58
Foucault’s genealogical view of the history of media as overlapping spheres – 58-59
New media and modernism – 60-62
Nice summary of progressive historical perspectives – 62
The new media as throwbacks to antiquarian media – 62-65
New media as solution – 66-77
The Technological Imaginary – 66-68
Discursive construction of new media – 68-69
The Frankfurt School and leftist critique of old media – 74-77
McLuhan vs. Williams – 77-99
McLuhan – inductionist, star; Raymond Williams – deductionist, much more accepted
in the media studies establishment – 78-80
McLuhan’s starry-eyed optimism for visual culture – 80-85
Williams’ view of media as social shapers – 89
More on McLuhan, not that important to us – 89-99

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