Welcome to the first session of the course.
Why study media reform?
Readings for the session:
- Freedman (2017): Put A Ring On It! Why We Need More Commitment In Media Scholarship
- Hackett & Carrol (2006). Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication. Chapter 1. (In Google Drive.)
- McChesney; Freedman & Obar (2016): Media Reform. (In Google Drive.)
1.What to Study? What is Media Reform?
- A Long Journey: Democratization, Reform, Justice.
- Not (only) change via media but changing the media.
- Advocacy and Activism.
- Know the Media, Be the Media, Change the Media.
2. What to Study? Issues and Actors
- Stewart Clegg (1989): Frameworks of power.
- Manuel Castells (2008): Global Public Sphere
- From Diversity to Rights.
- Democracy and Movements.
3.Why to Study? Understand Changes
- John Fiske: Look at the margins, for the margins are the future.
- Phil Napoli / The World Bank: The Age of Communication Research.
4. Why to Study? Engaged Scholarship
- Des Freedman: Put A Ring On It! Why We Need More Commitment In Media Scholarship
- Stefania Milan: Engaged research represents one of the possible translations into practice of … ‘situated epistemology’, one that takes into account the contextual elements of knowledge production, as opposed to simply considering merely its outcomes, and, most importantly, embeds the investigation in a relationship, as opposed to standing above or outside the research object.
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