Current Debates in Media

A man in a suit wears a Guy Fawkes mask on his face while standing next to a computer.

Members of Anonymous, an online hactivist group, don Guy Fawkes masks, which have become a symbol of the group's anti-establishment and anti-government stance. Session 6 of this course focuses on Digital Hacktivism, Civil Disobedience and Piracy. (Image courtesy of Stian Eikeland on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


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CMS.701 / CMS.901

As Taught In

Spring 2015


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This class addresses important, current debates in media with in-depth discussion of popular perceptions and policy implications. Students will engage in the critical study of the economic, political, social, and cultural significance of media, and learn to identify, analyze, and understand the complex relations among media texts, policies, institutions, industries, and infrastructures. This class offers the opportunity to discuss, in stimulating and challenging ways, topics such as ideology, propaganda, net neutrality, big data, digital hacktivism, digital rebellion, media violence, gamification, collective intelligence, participatory culture, intellectual property, artificial intelligence, etc., from historical, transcultural, and multiple methodological perspectives.

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Gabrielle Trépanier-Jobin. CMS.701 Current Debates in Media. Spring 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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