Fall 2008


Listed in: English, as ENGL-84


Dale M. Hudson (Section 01)


Like television before it, new media is often considered the death knell to cinema. This course complicates such assumptions, focusing on understanding and writing about ways that new and old technologies converge. Students will consider key issues relating to social, philosophical, legal, geopolitical, economic, and aesthetic implications of new media on cinema. New media transforms production through high definition video (HD) and computer-generated imagery (CGI) in commercial, avant-garde, and amateur film, video, and animation, as well as transforms the immersive experience of media in massively multiplayer online games. New media also transforms distribution, exhibition, and reception though lossy compression formats, broadband, and downloads. The course examines blogs and vlogs, clip culture, machinima, social networking sites, 3D virtual worlds, culture poaching and jamming, and tactical media in relation to both fandom and activism. The course asks students to consider questions about the political economies of new media in terms of access to technologies “in real life” (IRL) through readings and documentaries on the digital divide and racial ravine both in U.S. classrooms and in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as questions of copyright, piracy, and P2P file sharing. The courses explores the interface of technology and the environment in its broadest definition, such as virtual migrations in information technologies (IT) and business processing outsourcing (BPO) industries in India, digital cameras for workers’ rights in Mexican maquilladoras, state control of user access to content within the so-called borderless frontier of the Internet, and digital mobilizations for environmentalism and human rights. Weekly screenings and in-class streamings explore new media as a theme in commercial narrative filmmaking, as in The Matrix or The Blair Witch Project, and as a practice in mashups, mods, and open-source screen-savers. Previous course in film studies or new media studies recommended. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Hudson.


Submitted by Dale M. Hudson

    Tuesday 4.00 PM or 7.30 PM | Stirn Auditorium (Mead 115)