ANTH 385: Media, Culture, and Society

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“I LOVED this class, especially its focus on transnational media and its influence on/by western media sources. Baird did an excellent job teaching this course, and his background really supplemented the goals of the course. Highly recommend this class–it’s my favorite one that I’ve taken at Rice.”

Former student

We live in a world dominated by more forms and volume of media than ever in history. From cell phones that play music, store files, and give us directions to the grocery store; to the seemingly endless supply of new streaming options as each company vies for its piece of the pie; from the recent unsettling role of Twitter in the US presidency; to the use of that same technology for racial justice activism around the world; in short, media is (are) everywhere. Despite this, anthropology has often shied away from critical engagement with media. In this course we will meet this challenge head on, learning the history of mass media in modern history, analyzing the role media play in recent political movements, and deconstructing our favorite reality TV shows.