Is art and creativity the work of inspired individuals? How do different technologies and media impact how we see the world? How do media industries influence how individuals interact online and in person? How do digital media liberate creative talent while initiating new forms of exploitation? This Topic introduces students to the everyday uses and experiences of media we use to 'connect' with each other and with the wider world. It also investigates the production of culture within the globalised cultural industries with particular emphasis on the impact of digital media. By drawing on examples from film, television, music, and journalism in Australian and international contexts and sociologists such as Adorno, McLuhan, Becker and Bourdieu, students will gain a critical understanding of the 'macro' and 'micro' dynamics of art, media and culture.
This topic aims to:
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