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Media history introduction_and_the_book

  1. 1. Media History Session One:Introduction and the Book
  2. 2. What is this course?
  3. 3. What is this course?The study of media and their cultural impact
  4. 4. What is this course?The aesthetic development of media texts
  5. 5. What is this course?The reasons for media transformations
  6. 6. Reasons for media transformations Aesthetic Cultural Industrial Technological
  7. 7. What will I learn?
  8. 8. What will I learn?Unknown histories of the media
  9. 9. What will I learn? Medias ubiquitous andfundamental role for our lives
  10. 10. What will I learn?How to relate one media text to its aesthetic, cultural, industrial and technological context
  11. 11. What the #%&! is a media text?
  12. 12. BookFilmTelevision seriesNewspaperComic bookMagazineMusic albumWebsitePhotographComputer game
  13. 13. Any aesthetic expression in material form
  14. 14. Exam!
  15. 15. ExamWritten assignment, maximum of six pages
  16. 16. ExamDeadline April 28th, 10am to Evy
  17. 17. ExamDeadline April 28th, 10am to Evy
  18. 18. ExamYou choose a media text whichyou want to analyze, within the media we discuss in class
  19. 19. ExamWhat makes a good exam paper?
  20. 20. What makes a good exam paper?Write the full six pages
  21. 21. What makes a good exam paper?Situate the media text historically
  22. 22. What makes a good exam paper? Consider How is the textsaesthetics representative of its historical context?
  23. 23. What makes a good exam paper?Consider the texts cultural impact
  24. 24. What makes a good exam paper?What technological changes were part of this media texts production?
  25. 25. What are media?
  26. 26. What is a dominant medium?
  27. 27. Discuss for five minutes whatour contemporary dominant medium might be
  28. 28. Can we divide earlier periods by their dominant medium?
  29. 29. Media history as explanation
  30. 30. Media history as explanationChronology
  31. 31. Media history as explanationCausality
  32. 32. Media history as explanationIndividual causes (Great Men)
  33. 33. Media history as explanationInfluence
  34. 34. Media history as explanationIntertextuality
  35. 35. Media history as explanationPeriods
  36. 36. Media history as explanationSignificance
  37. 37. Media history as explanationTypicality
  38. 38. Media history as explanation All of these change as history changes, as focus changes, astrends develop, and according to individual emphases.
  39. 39. The Book as Dominant Medium
  40. 40. The book as dominant mediumThe Catholic Churchs inability to silence Martin Luther is democratizing
  41. 41. The book as dominant mediumInformation monopoly is broken
  42. 42. The book as dominant mediumWith the rise of printing, copyright is invented. Why?
  43. 43. The book as dominant mediumCopyright is established by law in England in 1662
  44. 44. The book as dominant mediumWriters may own content but not the physical form of the book
  45. 45. The book as dominant mediumBook copyright becomes the basis for all other forms of copyright
  46. 46. The book as dominant mediumBook copyright becomes the basis for all other forms of copyright
  47. 47. The book as dominant mediumThe printing press standardizes language
  48. 48. The book as dominant mediumThe printing press allows critical public debates
  49. 49. Book Culture
  50. 50. Book culture Early novels are regarded asdangerous and invasive, sincewomen read novels instead of doing household chores
  51. 51. Book cultureFemale authors (George Elliot) had to write under male pseudonyms
  52. 52. Book cultureNovels were serialized in literary magazines; many of CharlesDickens novels were published this way
  53. 53. Book cultureWith the invention of the typewriter, writing changed and handwriting became personal
  54. 54. Book cultureAs reading becomes a commonskill, literature becomes hugely popular
  55. 55. Book culture Dime novels became popularentertainment and eventually trash literature
  56. 56. Book cultureBook culture develops parallel with other media (radio, film andeventually television) but begins to lose ground
  57. 57. Literary Culture
  58. 58. Literary cultureThe literary field become specialized
  59. 59. Literary cultureAwards, writers guilds and similar arrangements are created
  60. 60. Literary culture The death of the novel ispronounced several times over
  61. 61. Literary culture Writers begin to experiment withtypography, colors and whitespace
  62. 62. Literary cultureLiterary culture becomes unusual
  63. 63. Literary cultureMore books are produced thanever before, but there are fewer readers than ever before
  64. 64. Legacy of the Book
  65. 65. Legacy of the bookBirth of nations
  66. 66. Legacy of the bookBirth of languages
  67. 67. Legacy of the bookRise of the public sphere
  68. 68. Legacy of the bookBooks establish linearity, authority and narrative
  69. 69. Suggestions
  70. 70. SuggestionsLaurence Sterne, The Life and Times ofTristram Shandy, GentlemanMark Z. Danielewski, House of LeavesJonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud andIncredibly CloseSteven Hall, The Raw Shark Texts

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