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Political Economy of Culture in the Digital Age
SOC 289
Spring 2011
Section: 01  

Does the Internet transform us from passive consumers into active participants, or are we being fooled into producing economic value for a new culture industry? What effect will our blogging, tweeting, remixing, commenting, tagging, gaming, googling, and social networking have on centralized systems of cultural production and the ideologies they support? How will the old methods of controlling and economizing the spread of culture change as a result of widespread digital piracy, and what will these changes mean for the politics of cultural reproduction and distribution? In this course we will respond to these questions through an examination of the social, political-economic, and legal ramifications of the digital reproduction and distribution of culture. Course texts will include theoretical, technical, and historical arguments, with an emphasis on questions of power and economic value.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SOC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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