Media in Transition OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Media Technology Course by MIT

Published Jan 07, 2009

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Tour the transformative eras in media, from the invention of movable type to digital filmmaking, in 'Media in Transition,' a free OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Readings take you through paradigm shifts when print, theater, film and digital media changed and were changed by society. As part of MIT's master's degree program in comparative media studies, 'Media in Transition' is a graduate-level course suited for students with a solid background in media analysis, literature, film or drama.

Media in Transition (CMS 801): Course Specifics:

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Media in Transition (CMS 801): Course Description

'Media in Transition' explores the history of media and how the written word, visual arts and audio arts have changed with emerging technologies and changed society in the process. Starting with medieval codex manuscripts and ending with the Internet era, 'Media in Transition' works through two millennia of revolutionary changes in writing, photography, film and audio. Focus is on the interplay between each revolution in media and the social and cultural context that fostered it. A chronological but not comprehensive tour of history explores Gutenberg's impact on literature and drama, Daguerre's impact on visual arts, the phonograph's impact on music, Edison's invention of motion pictures, and the impact of the digital age on all art forms. This seminar provides a historical background for studies of modern media in all its forms. Presented by Professor Jeffrey Ravel as part of MIT's master's degree program in comparative media studies, 'Media in Transition' is primarily lecture and reading with class discussion.

This OpenCourseWare includes reading lists with access to some readings, a short video in which the instructor describes the course, and student projects and assignments. If you're interested in this free course, visit the media in transition course page.

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