CCTP-767 New Media and Politics
Fall for 2016-2017

As technological innovations abound, we must update what we know to be “true” about politics. This course considers when and how classic questions in media and politics – those dealing with power, politics, and participation – must be adjusted in order for us to truly understand the modern political environment and the roles of media and technology within that environment.

This course begins by defining new media, and considering theories of technological change and how they apply to the political realm. The bulk of the course will then focus on empirical tests of how new media is or is not changing various aspects of political life. The emphasis of the course will be on the American political environment, although cross-national evidence will be brought in when appropriate and possible.

Topics covered in the course include theories of technological change, classic questions in media and politics, media strategy, media effects, political conversation, and civic and political engagement. It will consider various elements of the new media environment including hard, soft, and comedic news, websites, blogs, user-generated content, social media, mobile technology, and what comes next.

The course will be conducted as a seminar, and participation from everyone will be essential.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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Spring '17: Bode, L (file download)
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