CMS.801 Media in Transition

Fall 2004

A unique typewriter design, with keys arranged in a circular/arc pattern.
Malling Hansen, Writing Ball, 1867: a model of Nietzsche's typewriter. "Our writing tools are also working on our thoughts." (Nietzsche in a letter to Peter Gast.) (Courtesy of the Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Goethe-Schiller Archive. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and examples of students' assignments  and projects.

» Watch a video introduction featuring the course instructor.
(RM - 56K) (RM - 80K) (RM - 220K)

Course Description

This course centers on historical eras in which the form and function of media technologies were radically transformed. It includes consideration of the "Gutenberg Revolution," the rise of modern mass media, and the "digital revolution," among other case studies of media transformation and cultural change. Readings cover cultural and social history and historiographic methods.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.

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Prof. Jeffrey Ravel

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session