School Daze

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You’ll probably see a bit more on this blog about media and the 2012 election as I get ready to teach, for the third time, a graduate course at Trinity College about, um, media and the presidential election. The course unfolds in more or less real time.  Every week, we study that week, as well as a lot of stuff that created the conditions for that week.

I taught this in 2004 and 2008. The classes were similar in name only. There were entirely different media ecosystems.  (Blogs were really new in 2004. In 2008, the potential of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter was just becoming apparent.)

Think about signing up.  You don’t have to be a declared candidate for a Master’s to do it. The course is listed here as English 865.

Questions about registration can be addressed to the Office of Graduate Studies (860-297-2151). There’s a very nice man there named Bill Barnett. You can also email him at I’m telling you all this because Trinity makes this kind of thing into some kind of Hercule Poirot mystery in which simply finding the right person to talk to is a four-hour project. Anyway, Bill is a great guy, and he’d be happy to answer any questions you have about whether you’d be making a serious life error if you took my course.

This is me in seminar mode, although I'm pretty sure this was taken at a seminar I taught in Kobe, Japan. Seriously.


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2 thoughts on “School Daze

  1. Richard

    I don’t know what the theme is this year but I think the online news sites like Patch, CTNews Junkie, and the CTMirror are reaching critical mass.

    McMahon’s “Let’s Bozo Bin the Courant and MSM and declare them dead” is not so far from the truth as some might think.

    By 2016 I expect we will see YouTube V2 as candidate video channels and candidate web sites become more influential (and far better production). We’ll start seeing live feeds of the daily meetings of the campaign workers and possibly a reality TV framework featuring campaign workers.

    Production cameras are getting dirt cheap. At some point the bandwidth is there, the tech gets cheap enough, and there are enough alt media models from blogs, to apps, online news media, to reality filming, that formalistic media approaches to news gathering and presentation (Courant/Fox) look dated. Prettier, but dated.

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