259 Intro to Media Analysis - Spring 2005



"Introduction to Media Analysis" is a lecture class that focuses on the changing face of media in the age of the computer and on the generations of visionary practioners, technicians, researchers,  thinkers and critics, whose work creates the media soup that we exist in. We will examine how media intersects with and forms our culture, our politics, our society, our thinking, our economy, our psyches. We will look at a broad range of media artefacts from both "high" and "low" culture; expanded cinema, interactive & smart installations, virtual and augmented reality, intelligent agents, TV, commercials, music videos, video art, hollywood movies, animation, alternative cinema, interactive fiction, games.

Book (with accompanying cd)
The New Media Reader
 edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort
 isbn: 0262232278

Time, Location, Teacher, TA

M-W 13:00 - 14:50, room CAF 112,
Josephine Anstey, jranstey@buffalo.edu
TA Steffan DelPiano srd6@buffalo.edu

Office Hours


Requirements and Responsibilities

University Statements

Disabilities: If you have a disability (physical, learning or psychological) which may make it difficult for you to carry out the course work as outlined, and/or requires accomodations such as recruiting note takers, readers, or extended time on exams and assignments, please contact the Office of Disability Services, 25 Capen Hall, 645 2608, and also your instructor during the first two weeks of class. ODS will provide you with information and will review appropriate arrangements for reasonable accomodations.

Plagiarism is literary theft and a betrayal of trust. The term is derived from the Latin word for kidnapper and refers to the act of signing one's own name to words, phrases, or ideas which are the literary property of another. Plagiarism comes in many forms, all to be avoided: outright copying, or paraphrase, or a mosaic or disguised use of words and phrases from an unacknowledged source.  To avoid plagiarism, make it your habit to put quotation marks around words or phrases, or to isolate and indent longer passages, that you are using from someone else's writing. And be sure to cite the source, in a footnote or endnote, or within parentheses in the text. The penalties for plagiarism can be severe: from an F for the particular assignment, to an F for the course, to referral of the case to the Dean of Undegraduate Education for administrative judgement. If you are unsure about how to use and document sources, please consult your instructor.

WEAPONS AS PROPS: If you are planning a student production which involves using any prop which could be interpreted to be a weapon [toy gun, BB gun, knife, etc.] And you are planning to shoot on the UB campus or any other public place, you must obtain written permission from Campus Security or the equivalent authority before you shoot. If you do not you will face serious problems including possible expulsion from the university.