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Fall 2012 Series

Music and Mass Media

Through a combination of key theoretical texts, commentary readings, and case studies, the “Music and Mass Media” reading group will critically survey some ways in which music has functioned socially within different mass-media contexts as well as a number of contemporary social issues that those changing contexts raise. As an extremely broad concept, covering any method of distributing information to a large group of people, mass media has become virtually ubiquitous in public and private life, and each of its forms incorporates music as an integral part of their communicative power. A central goal for our reading group will be to use the group’s mix of disciplinary backgrounds to widen our perspectives on how we can research mass media topics and gain a greater awareness of music’s role in shaping our environment.

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Contact: eric [dot] smialek [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Eric Smialek)
Meetings: Fridays, 1:30pm-3:30pm: 14, 28 September; 12, 26 October; 9, 23 November, 7 December
3610 McTavish St., room 21-6