Middlebury

FMMC 0104

Television & American Culture

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
Subject:
Film & Media Culture
Department:
Film & Media Culture
Division:
Arts
Requirements Fulfilled:
AMR NOR SOC
Equivalent Courses:
AMST 0236
FMMC 0236
AMCV 0236
AMST 0104

Sections in Fall 2009

Fall 2009

FMMC0104A-F09 Lecture (Mittell)
FMMC0104W-F09 Discussion (Mittell)
FMMC0104X-F09 Discussion (Mittell)
FMMC0104Y-F09 Discussion (Mittell)