Sociology of the Media
The sociology of the media now extends beyond the exploration of media ownership, textual analysis and audiences as passive or active consumers; it reaches into the ways that everyday lives are mediated and transformed. Technology is the driver of profound changes in the media that transcend news, entertainment and propaganda, and prefigure the transformation of occupations, career structures and life skills. More than ever "the medium is the message", and its consequences include phenomena ranging from conspiracy theories to digitised hyper-abundance, to geocaching, to 3D printing, to Uber everything.
Not taught in 2023
Coordinator(s) Dr Bruce Curtis
A course reader will be made available if required.
Coursework + exam
SOCIOL 318: 15 points
30 points at Stage II in Sociology or 30 points at Stage II in Media, Film and Television, or Communication