Media and Popular Culture

COMM 247

Surveys contemporary mediated communication in American culture (Web 2.0, television, film, music, games, etc.) and the impact on culture. Explores the interplay between media, media industries and various facets of modern society, including political, economic, religious and cultural. Examines media on a global scale and facilitates contrasts and comparisons of media systems, highlighting how media communication influences the quality of human life and culture. Encourages students to engage popular culture through the lens of the Christian faith as discerning and critically autonomous agents. Special emphasis placed on new media literacies as they relate to the rise of user generated content and participatory media culture.