Media and Community Building
Media and Community Building will explore the importance of media and electronic communication technologies in creating and maintaining community. The course will examine the expanding ensemble of practices and technological applications (print, audio, radio, video, television, computer communication and the Internet) now being put to use as means of empowerment and communication supporting community building and social change. We will also explore the potential of these technologies to destroy communities through misrepresentation, under representation and stereotyping, and fragmentation. We will also delve into the economic and regulatory policies that underpin both the creation and destruction of communities through the use of media and communication technologies.