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Lauren S. Berliner
BIS 233
Bothell Campus

Participatory Media Culture

Develops new media literacies that enables students to navigate, critique, and actively participate in the development of new media forms.

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This course examines some of the critical issues in contemporary discourses pertaining to digital media and participatory culture. Together we will interrogate claims that have been made about digital media’s emancipatory nature and its role in creating social change. Always situating our study of contemporary media in historical context, we will pay particular attention to what it means to ‘have a voice’ and be empowered through digital media technology use. Engaged learning is key to understanding the issues pertaining to digital media and participatory culture, and to this end we will conduct ethnographic and auto-ethnographic case studies of media practices in order to situate and more deeply consider course concepts such as civic participation,identity management, fair use and copyright, creative content production, social capital, affective connections, privacy/surveillance, consumerism, citizenship and the blurring of amateur/professional divides.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lauren S. Berliner
Date: 10/28/2013