Calendar Weeks 1-8

WEEK 1 Orientation

8.27    Introduction

WRITTEN RESEARCH PAPER GUIDELINES

Assigned Reading: Revolution in Communications Pp. 17-66

Formation of Research and Production Groups,

Set up wordpress website

 

8.29     Lecture: What is Multimedia?

Discussion and screening

Assigned Readings: Revolution in Communications Pp. 17-66, Pp. 67-104.

Points of Consideration 01 25 points (due 09.10) 

What factors came together at the right moment in Medieval Europe to make possible the Gutenberg Press?

What were some of the major effects of the fifteenth century’s print revolution?

How did the spread of print enable the growth and standardization of national vernacular languages?

What were some of the new sects that emerged after the Reformation?

How did religious intolerance lead to a century of wars and the persecution of astronomers?

Explain how Freedom of the Press considered a “first freedom.”

VOCABULARY

Censorship

Pauper Press

Martin Luther and 95 Theses

Enlightenment

Protestant Reformation

Scientific Revolution

Gutenberg Revolution

Renaissance

Partisan Press

Logographic language

Roman Type

Vernacular

 

WEEK 2 Print   

9.03 No class

9.05  Lecture: Early Print and Arts

Assigned Readings: Revolution in Communications Pp. 17-66, Pp. 67-104.

Due: WordPress website Worth 50 points

Due: Points of Consideration and Vocabulary 1

Points of Consideration and Vocabulary 2 (due 09.10)

What topics did muckraking magazines and newspapers seek to reform during the early 20th century?

What role did the press play during World War I?

How did the Soviet Union (a.k.a. Russia between 1917–1991) treat the press?

How did Germany treat the press during the Nazi era and World War II?

What topics did the Black Press cover that was ignored by the mainstream, white-owned press?

How did the press’s coverage of the Vietnam War affect US public opinion in the conflict?

What are some factors for the decline of newspapers since the 1950s?

VOCABULARY

Bolo Pasha                              \

Libel

Pentagon Papers

Chicago Defender

Muckraking

Pravda

Hutchins Commission

NY Times v. Sullivan (1964)

Reich Press Law

investigative journalism

Office of Public Information

US Espionage Act

 

WEEK 3  Contemporary Print

09.10 and 09.12  Communication and Power

Assigned Reading: Revolution in Communications – Read Pp. 105-138;

Due: Points of Consideration and Vocabulary 1 (25 points)

Group Project 1

Write, produce and present a web-based response to one of the following questions.  (100 points per group).  Due 09.19

Group 1.  What role did the press play during World War I? (Films: Paths of Glory, Sergeant York, Gallipoli. All Quiet on the Western Front).

Group 2.  How did the Soviet Union (a.k.a. Russia between 1917–1991) treat the press? (Films: Reds, PRINT MEDIA)

Group 3. How did Germany treat the press during the Nazi era and World War II? (Films: Das Boot, Inglorious Bastards)

Group 4. What topics did the Black Press cover that was ignored by the mainstream, white-owned press? (Loving, Fruitvale Station Moonlight, Malcolm X, Glory, Do the Right Thing, Summer of Sam)

Group 5. How did the press’s coverage of the Vietnam War affect US public opinion in the conflict? (Films; Apocalypse Now, Coming Home, Deer Hunter, The Post, Good Morning Vietnam)

Group 6. What are some factors for the decline of newspapers since the 1950s? (Films: The Social Network, Spotlight, All the President’s Men).

Group 7. What muckraking magazines and newspapers seek to reform during the early 20th century? (Films: Angels with Dirty Faces, Grapes of Wrath, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Meet John Doe

Weeks 4-5

09.17   Presentation of Group Projects

09.19   Lecture: Photo, Film and TV

Sunrise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NayFytQeBE

Assigned Reading: Revolution in Communications – Read Pp. 139-180

Points of Consideration 3 25 points (due 09.26)

Explain in layperson’s terms how chemical photography, developed in the early 19th century, works.

What were some conflicts captured by war photographers in the nineteenth century?

How did George Eastman’s Kodak (“Brownie”) camera help democratize photography?

How did digital photography emerge in the 1970s?

How has digital photography democratized the access and participation of amateurs in making photographs?

How do fakes undermine the authenticity of photography?

Vocabulary

camera obscura

La cour du domain du gras

celluloid

Matthew Brady

Daguerrotype

negative vs. positive exposure

GIF vs. JPEG

Polaroid

Konica Japusin camera

wet collodion process

 

Weeks 5-6

09.24-09.26

Melies, Sergei Eisenstein, Murnau, Charles and Ray Eames

Assigned Reading: Revolution in Communications – Read Pp. 181-216

Points of Consideration 4 (25 points)

What toys and devices did early cinema devices draw from?

What were some measures taken to censor cinema—and to control this new technology—in the early twentieth century?

What were two reactions to The Birth of a Nation upon its release in 1915?

What were two reactions to The Birth of a Nation upon its release in 1915?

From the account in the textbook, how did the rise of Stalin in the 1930s change the topics Sergei Eisenstein addressed in his films from the 1920s?

According to Kovarik, what were some of varied ways that American cinema treated African Americans on screen?

According to Kovarik, what were some of varied ways that American cinema treated African Americans on screen?

Vocabulary

blockbuster

cinématographe

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Edward Muybridge

House Un-American Committee (HUAC)

kinetograph

kinetoscope

latham loop

Motion Picture Patents Company

nickelodeons

Sony Betamax

studio system

Vitaphone

 

Week 7

10.01-10.03

Assigned Reading: Revolution in Communications – Read Pp. 309-342

Points of Consideration 5 (25 points)

What were some of the predecessors to electronic television in the 1930s?

What is the difference between the kinescope and an iconoscope?

What were some key reasons for the explosive growth of television in the 1950s?

What policies did the FCC enact in the early years of television’s development after World War II?

What were some of the effects of the FCC’s freeze on new television licenses between 1948 and 1952?

Why did FCC Chairman Newtown Minow call television a “vast wasteland”?

What were the results of the quiz show scandals of the 1950s?

What were some ways that politicians used television?

How did the launching of communication satellites in the 1970s expand the available offerings on television?

How has television been deregulated since the 1980s? What is the primary rationale that has been used for this approach to television policy?

Vocabulary

Children’s Television Act, 1990

Philo T. Farnsworth

Community Antenna TV

FCC Freeze

Public Television Act, 1967

Fairness Doctrine

direct broadcast satellite TV

See it Now

Senator Joseph McCarthy

Twenty-One

mechanical television

Vast Wasteland

World’s Fair, New York, 1939

 

Newton Minow

 

Week 8

10.08-10.10

Lecture: Telegraph and Telephone

Assigned Reading: Revolution in Communications – Read Pp. 249-274

Points of Consideration 6 (25 points)

What were some ways that the emergence of the telegraph in the mid–19th century change the news business?

How did the Associated Press and Western Union form a monopolistic trust? How did the exercise this power?

What were some news services that emerged outside of the United States?

How did United Press and International News Association challenge the power of the Associated Press in the early twentieth century?

Why was the telephone regarded as a technology to circumvent the telegraph?

How did AT&T become a regulated monopoly in the early 1910s?

Why did AT&T break up in the early 1980s? What was the result?

VOCABULARY

Alexander Graham Bell

Ma Bell

American Telephone and Telegraph

Morse Code

Associated Press

Victorian Internet

Napoleonic semaphore/telegraph

Elisha Gray

Gardiner Hubbard

Western Union

Kingsbury Commitment

What Hath God Wrought?

 

Week 8 Radio

Assigned Reading: Revolution in Communications – Read Pp. 275-308

Points of Consideration 7 (25 points)

How did the work of Maxwell and Hertz connect electricity to magnetism?

How did Marconi capitalize on electromagnetic waves?

What roles did the radio telegraph play in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912?

What two innovations did AT&T introduce to commercialize broadcast radio in the 1920s?

What were the three classes of radio stations the Federal Radio Commission established in 1928? How did it benefit radio networks?

Why did the Federal Radio Commission revoke the broadcast licenses of KFKB and KGEF in the early 1930s?

How did entertainment programming during the Golden Age of Radio borrow from Vaudeville?