COMM 23500. MEDIA, CULTURE AND SOCIETY This course provides an introduction to the social and cultural roles of mass media in contemporary society. It focuses on how media and their surrounding economic framework affect cultural, political, and ideological processes. We will examine a range of media forms in their social historical context (including print, telegraphy, cinema, broadcasting, cable, and computing), and will also consider different theoretical approaches to the study of media influence, the formation of meaning, cultural production and consumption, and cultural power.