Lectures, University of Helsinki, autumn 2019
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- Lectures 4 September – 16 October + readings
- One-page idea papers. Deadline 9 October. Upload to Moodle. Language: English.
- Mini-seminar on idea papers 13 October; everyone reads all the papers.
- Mini-article of 1500–2000 words. Deadline 15 November. Upload to Moodle. Language: English, Finnish or Swedish.
Instructions and ideas for mini-articles
Pick a practice, phenomenon, debate, etc., and a theoretical perspective or approach. Then apply and revisit the theory at the end. Not serious research, but in a relatively similar format.
- Introduction: aim, case, background theory
- Theoretical approach (and methods if applicable)
- The case: description, discussion in light of the theoretical approach
- Conclusions: what was learned, does the theoretical approach illuminate the case or is it limited?
Questions considered in a good (and a very good) mini-article:
- What is your topic (and why is it of interest)?
- How are you going to approach it (and why as opposed to other possible theoretical approaches)?
- What is the phenomenon/practice at hand, in light of the approach you have chosen?
- How did the approach illuminate the phenomenon/practice (and were any not less than obvious limitations of the theoretical approach revealed)?
- Key concepts.
- Approaches of media research.
- The demise of the audience: redistribution of media agency.
- The data is the message: the economic revolution of the media.
- From representation to participation
- Collective individualism: online identities and representation.
- The hashtag sphere: social media and the rediscovery of the public.
Part I Key concepts
Part II Approaches of Media Research
Part III The Demise of the Audience
Reading: Couldry, Nick (2012). Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice. Polity. Chapter 6, “Media and the Transformation of Capital and Authority”, pp. 133-155
Part IV Data is the Message
Homework: think of a case or a recent example of media representation. What comes to your mind? What is represented, by whom, in what way (and why)?
Part V From Representation to Participation
Part VI Collective Individualism and Online Identities
Reading for next time: Jürgen Habermas (2006) “Political Communication in Media Society: Does Democracy Still Enjoy an Epistemic Dimension? The Impact of Normative Theory on Empirical Research“. Communication Theory 16(4): 411-26.