History of Mass Media

COM 230
Fall 2010
Hugh McCarney
B 018


Email: mccarneyh@wcsu.edu

Presentation Schedule

General Resources

Cave painting

Camera Obscura


Half Tones

Crowley, D. and Heyer, P., ed. (2003). Communication in history: Technology, Culture, Society. 5th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

American Psychological Association. (1983). Publication manual of the APA (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: Author [Latest edition preferred] A summary is available on line at owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.


8/31 and 9/2 Read Chapters 1-3 xxx
9/7 and 9/9 Read Chapters 5-7

9/14 and 9/16 Read Chapters 8-11 BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE
9/21 and 9/23 Read Chapters 12-14
Dessert Recipe Due Tuesday(Everyone has a page in the book. Failure to submit a recipe won't affect your grade, but everyone reading the book will know you didn't do your homework . . . for ever!)
9/28 and 9/30 Read Chapters 15-17
10/5 and 10/7 Read Chapters 18-20
10/12 and 10/14 Read Chapters 21-23

10/19 and 10/21 Read Chapters 24-26 OUTLINE DUE
10/26 and 10/28 Read Chapters 27-29
11/2 and 11/4 Read Chapters 30-33
11/9 and 11/11 Read Chapters 34-37

11/16 and 11/18 Read Chapters 38-40 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS DUE
11/23 and Thanksgiving Read Chapters 41-43

Presentations (if needed)

11/30 and 12/2
12/7 and 12/9

READING: The reading will provide you with essential information for writing the papers, and there's always a chance you will be quizzed on it.

GRADES are based on demonstrated understanding and application of the communication principles presented in the readings and in class. The vehicles for this demonstration include class participation, the course project, and the final presentation.

The course project involves choosing an aspect of a mass medium, charting its development, and examining its implications for culture and society. The research will be organized for submission to the instructor in the form of a paper and presentation to the class in a Powerpoint presentation. People may work with one partner, but no more than two people may work together.

All of the writing assignments will become part of the final project, and they are cumulative. That means that the topic needs to be approved before the bibliography is compiled, and that the bibliography needs to be submitted before the reading can begin. This process is designed to keep the student from moving in unproductive directions. Work must be in digital form and must conform to accepted conventions of spelling, grammar, and usage. All reference material must be credited using the form presented in The Publication Manual of the APA (see the text list). The use of undocumented material will be regarded as palgerism, and, at a minimum, will result in an F for the course.

Reading assignments are due on Tuesday. Unless otherwise noted, written work is due by the beginning of class on Thursdays. All work must be submitted as an attachment to an email sent from your University account. Messages from other accounts are often caught in the spam filter, which I never check. Late work will not be accepted without a physician's statement.

More than three absences will require a discussion about your ability to complete the course.

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