A PDF version of the schedule is available here.

You are responsible for reading each of the articles/pieces below, before that day’s class.

* Note: The full PDF of Media and Cultural Studies is available here.

January 8-15: Theoretical Foundations

January 8: Introductions

No readings

January 10: Communication as Culture

1. Carey, J. (1989). A cultural approach to communication. In Communication as Culture: Essays on Media and Society. Boston: Unwin Hyman, pp. 13-36.

January 15: “New” Media

1. Jenkins, H. (2004). The cultural logic of media convergence. International Journal of Cultural Studies10(3), pp. 343-363.

2. Ratto, M. (2011). Critical making: Conceptual and material studies in technology and social life. The Information Society: An International Journal, 27(4), pp. 252-260.

January 17-29: Identity and Representation

January 17: Reading Culture

1. Hall, S. (2006). Encoding/decoding. In M.G. Durham and D.M. Kellner (eds.),  Media and Cultural Studies: Key Works. London: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 163-173.

January 22: Cinema and the Gaze

Portfolio Assignment #1: Go Meta is due by midnight!!

1. Mulvey, L. (2006). Visual pleasure and narrative cinema. In M.G. Durham and D.M. Kellner (eds.),  Media and Cultural Studies: Key Works. London: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 342-352.

2. Doty, A. (2000). Introduction. Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon. New York: Routledge, pp. 1-23.

January 24: Colonialism and Imperialism

1. Ono, K.A. and Buescher, D.T. (2001). Deciphering Pocahontas: Unpackaging the commodification of a native American woman. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 18(1), pp. 23-43.

January 29: Playing with Ourselves

1. Kennedy, H. (2002). Lara Croft: Feminist icon or cyberbimbo? On the limits of textual analysis. Games Studies, 2(2).

2. Higgin, T. (2009). Blackless fantasy: The disappearance of race in massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Games and Culture, 4(1), pp. 3-26.

January 31: Peer Review of Final Project Proposals

Your proposal, and peer reviews of 2 other proposals, are due BY THE END OF CLASS.

Consult the Coursework page for more detail on what you need to include in your own Final Project Proposal (1 page).

The Peer Review form is available here.

February 5 – 7: The Surveillance Society

February 5: Watching me watching you

1. Andrejevic, M. (2007). Surveillance in the digital enclosure. The Communication Review10(4), pp. 295-317.

2. Google’s Privacy Policy

February 7: “I agree”

1. Chee, F., Taylor, N. and de Castell, S. (2012). Re-mediating research ethics: End-User License Agreements in online games. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 32(6).

2. Steams, J. (Nov. 23, 2012). We need a truth campaign for digital literacy and data tracking. MediaShift: Your Guide to the Digital Media Revolution.

February 12 – 21: Globalization, Ownership & the New Media Industries

February 12: Political Economy and Mass Media

1. Smythe, D.W. (2006). On the audience commodity and its work. In M.G. Durham and D.M. Kellner (eds.),  Media and Cultural Studies: Key Works. London: Blackwell Publishing,pp. 230–256.

2. McChesney, R.W. (2001). Global Media, neoliberalism, and imperialism. Monthly Review, 52(10), pp. pp. 1–19.

February 14: Working for Play

1. Dyer-Witherford, N. and de Peuter, G.S. (2006). “EA spouse” and the crisis of video game labour: Enjoyment, exclusion, exploitation and exodus. Canadian Journal of Communication, 31(3), pp. 599-617.

February 19: Global Haves and Have-nots

1. Nakamura, L. (2009). Don’t hate the player, hate the game: The racialization of labor in World of Warcraft. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 26(2), pp. 128-144.

2. Guo, L., Hsu, S-H., Holton, A. and Jeong, S.H. (2012). A case study of the Foxconn suicides : An international perspective to framing the sweatshop issue. International Communication Gazette, 74(5), pp. 484-503.

February 21: Let’s be Friends

Guest lecture by Emily McKeown, TA for COM 327 (Nick out of town)!

1. Fuchs, C. (2012). The political economy of privacy on Facebook. Television & New Media 13(2), pp. 139-159.

February 26-28: Review & Midterm

February 26: Midterm review

Assignment #2: Power Map due before midnight on Tuesday, February 26!

Note: the planned GameMaker workshop for this day will be re-scheduled.

No readings

February 28: Midterm

Midterm will be written in class on Thursday, February 28!

No readings

March 5-7: Spring Break!

March 12-19: Copyright and Production

March 12: Ownership and Appropriation

1. Lessig, L. (2004). Introduction. In Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. New York: Penguin, pp. 1-15.

2. Jenkins, H. (2006). Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars? Digital cinema, media convergence, and participatory culture. In M.G. Durham and D.M. Kellner (eds.),  Media and Cultural Studies: Key Works. London: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 549-576.

March 14: Piracy

Guest lecture by Christopher Kampe, PhD student in the CRDM program!

1. Mirghani, S. (2011). The war on piracy: Analyzing the discursive battles of corporate and government-sponsored anti-piracy media campaigns. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 28(2), pp. 113-134.

2. Cenite, M. Wang, M. W., Chong, P. & Chan, G. S. (2009). More than just free content: Motivations of peer-to-peer file sharers. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 33(3), pp. 206-221.

March 19: Owning Play

1. Taylor, TL. (2003). “Whose game is this anyway?”: Negotiating corporate ownership in a virtual world. In F. Mayra (ed.), Computer Games and Digital Cultures Conference Proceedings. Tampere: Tampere University Press.

2. Kucklich, J. (2005). Precarious playbour: Modders and the digital games industry. Fibreculture Journal, 5.

March 21-26: Media and the Military

March 21: Covering War

1. McChesney, R.W. (2002). September 11 and the structural limitations of US journalism. In Zelizer and Allen (eds.), Journalism After September 11New York: Routledge, pp. 91-100.

March 26: Wargames

1. Voorhees, G. (2012). Monsters, Nazis and Tangos: The Normalization of the First-Person Shooter. In G. Voorhees, J. Call & K. Whitlock (Eds.), Guns, Grenades and Grunts: First-Person Shooter Games. New York: Continuum Publishing, pp. 89-113. ** Note: This is a very large file.

2. Andersen, R. and Kurti, M. (2009). From America’s Army to Call of Duty: Doing Battle with the Military Entertainment Complex. Democratic Communiqué, 23(1), pp. 46-65.

March 28: Spring Holiday

April 2-18: Digital Citizenship

April 2: Guest Lecture by Dr. Merlyna Lim, Arizona State University

1. Lim, M. Framing Bouazizi: ‘White lies’, hybrid network, and collective/connective action in the 2010–11 Tunisian uprising. Journalism, 0(0), pp. 1-21.

2. Lim, M. Clicks, cabs, and coffee jouses: Social media and oppositional movements in Egypt, 2004–2011. Journal of Communication, 62(2), pp. 231-248.

April 4: Misogyny and Homophobia Online

1. Lewis, H. (June 12, 2012). Dear the Internet, this is why you can’t have anything nice. New Statesman.

2. Lewis, H. (Dec. 7, 2012). Anita Sarkeesian and the gamification of misogyny. New Statesman

April 9: Identity and Online Gaming

1. Gray, K.L. (2012). Intersecting oppressions and online communities. Information, Communication & Society, 15(3).

2. Krotoski, A. (Jan. 30, 2006). How queer: WoW and their unfortunate LGB policy. The Guardian: Game Blog.

April 11: Guest Lecture by Dr. TL Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

As part of COM Week, Dr. TL Taylor will present her ongoing work on competitive videogaming.

Her talk, “Watch me Play: Live-streaming, Computer Games, and the Future of Spectatorship,” is being held in conjunction with COM 327, meaning you are all required to attend. It is at the same time as our regular class, except will be in CALDWELL LOUNGE.

1. Taylor, T.L. (2012). “Chapter 5: Spectatorship and Fandom”. Raising the stakes: The professionalization of computer gaming. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, pp. 182-238.

Available as an e-book from NCSU library.


Bring any materials you need, and questions for Dr. Taylor & Ms. McKeown, in order to spend class time working on your final projects.

There will be a quiz this class on Dr. TL Taylor’s April 11 guest lecture (and corresponding reading).

April 18: 4Chan: “Hacktivism”

Anonymous. 5 Postulates: An Anonymous Manifesto.

Coleman, G. (2011). Hacker politics and publics. Public Culture, 23(3), pp. 511-516.

Dibbell, J. (2010). Radical opacity. MIT Technology Review.

April 23 & 25: Final Presentations!

May 2: Final Projects due!

May 9: Final Project write-ups due!

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