Concentrating on Media: What’s the point?   Leave a comment

I have never regretted my decision to concentrate in Media Studies.  The skills that I have learned have been very beneficial to my educational development.  In order to complete the Media concentration, I needed to take Mass Communication, Media Law & Ethics, Media Aesthetics, Middle East Media, as well as two elective classes.  I can barely wrap my mind around how quickly these past three and a half years have gone by, but at the same time I have such vivid memories from each class that I have taken.  However, at this point in time, it is difficult to determine the most impactful things that I have learned.

One of the main goals of the Knight School of Communication is to increase digital literacy, which means looking past the simple function of the technology to understand the way that new mass media technology has left lasting effects on American culture.  The Media concentration is essentially made up of classes that teach either, how to use the technology, or how to implement the technology.  I enjoyed the classes that focused on the implementation of the new technology, because it meant that I had to reflect on the way that people use websites like YouTube and Facebook to communicate.  Professor Brooks’ Media Law & Ethics course was one of the most challenging classes in the Media Concentration.  Other classes like Media Aesthetics and Digital Productions taught me how to use new technology, but Professor Brooks required that his students move past the simple functions of the technology to investigate the lasting impacts that new mass media forums have had on our culture through a legal perspective.

Professor Brooks’ class started with an overview of the United States legal system, and an introduction to case studies.  All of the examples that we learned in class built on top of one another in a collaborative effort that helped to illustrate the importance of legal precedent, and how new mass media technologies like personal blogs, WikiLeaks, and video sites like YouTube have made a tremendous impact on the way humans communicate.  I think that this class was very effective at showing the impact that new mass media programs have had on our culture, because Professor Brooks didn’t focus on the technology itself, instead, he would discuss how the new technology was being used, and how the use of this technology has been incorporated into the legal tradition of the United States.  These legal implications were explored as part of the course’s final essay, in which students were expected to write about a current event that embodied some kind of unconstitutional injustice.  To get a better idea of what Professor Brooks expected from his students, please review my final submission.  Stopping the Presses: An Analysis of the American Collegiate Press

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Posted February 21, 2013 by Big Man in Capstone Reflections

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