Connecting Humans: Networks, History And Social Media

Institution(s): Northeastern

Discipline(s): Media Studies

Faculty Member(s): Jacob Groshek

Keyword(s): Digital Media, Civic Media

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This course offers a critical survey of the cultural, social, and political impacts of emerging communication technologies, as those have advanced over time to contemporarily include online, mobile and social media. Special attention will be paid to networks and their relationship to the ways individuals, groups and organizations communicate within society. Our work here situates the changing nature of networks in media from broadcast network models to social network ones. As such, it is both historically informed and theoretically inclusive. An important component of study also incorporates an immersive social network experiences as part of this class, which is to say that the class becomes its own online social network and students are peer collaborators.