Since the European development of the printing press, mediated forms of communication have increasingly played a critical role in the shaping of historical events: the Reformation following Martin Luther’s use of the printing press, television coverage of the Vietnam/American War leading to widespread protests, radio in the People’s Power Revolution that overthrew Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, social media in the Arab Spring of 2011. Media has been used both as a tool of power as well as a tool to resist power. It has been used as both a medium to disseminate information/disinformation, as well as to entertain.
In this course you will explore the development and historical context of the printing press, the telegraph, audio media, cinema, television, and digital communication, and will consider the role different forms of media have had in social, cultural and political developments globally. Woven into the course will be an exploration of storytelling and development of narrative structures to tell stories.
The course has been designed specifically for the 6-week summer format and will combine lectures with a significant level of interactivity, including a role-playing/simulation game recreating the 1932 Parliamentary hearings that led to public broadcasting in Canada. Not only will you read about history, you will practice the construction of history through the creation of a historical narrative.