Monday, August 25, 2008

Case Study Sample Post: HR 1955 (Media Law & Policy)

This past Thursday I presented a case study to the class on a recently passed terrorism bill. The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act, also known as H.R. 1955, was passed in 2007 to protect the United States from terrorism that is from within the States. Some social groups see the bill as one that violates the First Amendment. The Act uses broad terms that allow it to encompass nearly all social groups that could be considered to be extreme. I presented this history leading up to the bill and how the bill not only affects us but where we may see changes in the media law and policy in the future because of this act.

I was really surprised that no one in the class had heard of H.R. 1955. The only people who had heard of it were Dr. Campbell and myself. I pretty much rounded out the last few minutes of class which didn't leave much time for discussion. I would have been interested to find out what other student’s thoughts on the act were and whether it was in violation of the First Amendment. However, through doing my research I was struck by how the policy decision made by the government, but not directed at mass media could have an effect both on the mass media industry and on media consumers. It was interesting how the other case studies present on the same day also dealt with a variety of issues related to personal of freedom such as privacy and debates over public interest. I think we often don’t realize how media new technologies not only offer individuals benefits but can also have social consequences. In response to the question “Who controls or monitors the media?” I would have to say that it is not only the government but the consumers or public because we can choose have a say in the laws that are passed. However, most of the time we are not aware of what is going on how some laws can impact our choices and the media environment around us.

What is New Media?

What is "new" about new media? Consider these responses...

Based on these interviews and opinions, what seem to be the key components of new media?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Welcome to COMM 330!

Welcome to COMM 330. In this course we will explore the history, growth and structure of technological systems underpinning the contemporary media landscape of the information society. This blog is a space for you to share your thoughts on issues and ideas raised in class.

Posting on this blog is also part of your case study presentation assignment. This will give you an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned not only in your research but through issues raised in the class discussion or your presentation. As the syllabus states"

"Following their presentation students will post a 300+ word summary of the class discussion raised by their presentation and critical reflection on what they learned about the weekly course theme on the class blog. Students are encouraged to post helpful links to articles or web site related to their presentation. Posting of these comments online is due by start of the next class following their presentation."

I am looking forward to reading what you learn!