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Welcome to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where learning gets personal!

This blog has been established for the UNCP course Media and Politics (MCM-3700) as a place where students and faculty share information about the political relationships and implications of mass media. Everyone, not just students, is welcome to share in the discussion here. Please give us your ideas, suggestions and comments. They will be welcomed and valued.

What’s it about?

Mass communication (MCM) conveys information to a dispersed audience through a transmitting device, or medium.

Mass media permeate our lives. Messages transmitted through media about our society, our culture, our politics, our bodies, our traditions, our beliefs — our very way of life — can be both a reflection of our values and a force for change. Those changes can be for good and for bad.

This blog is about all mass media, such as the New Media on the Internet, which include blogs, wikis, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, podcasts, web pages and more. We also are interested in traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio, newsletters, books, movies, CDs and DVDs, scholarly journals, pamphlets, digital still and video cameras, audio recorders, interactive video games, even billboards. I’m sure you can think of more. Media are a pervasive aspect of our lives.

What are we doing here?

We’re looking for the political implications of mass media.

As we said, media are pervasive in our lives. Messages transmitted through media about our society, our culture, our politics, our bodies, our traditions, our beliefs — our very way of life — can be both a reflection of our values and a force for change. Those changes can be for good and for bad.

What is media’s role?

What is the role of mass media in contemporary politics — especially the state-of-the-art New Media technologies?

This is about all media — both new and old — as we explore the mix of political roles they play, their political, social and economic organization, their ethics and regulation, controversies surrounding media content, the growth of New Media technologies.

  • What is the context in which media operate?
  • How do media affect politics?
  • Do media affect the ideological processes in society?
  • How can we describe abstract media concepts as if they are concrete?

Our main emphasis here is on American media, but that does not exclude relevant global media, which are in everyone’s mix now.

At the bottom line, we want to promote understanding of the pervasiveness and energy of media in contemporary politics.

Got any questions for us?

Write them in this blog’s comments. Just want to make a comment? Post it. Want more information about UNCP? Tell us where to send it. By the way, here’s our university website: http://www.uncp.edu. And the Mass Communication Dept. website: http://www.uncp.edu/mc/.

The SLURL direct web link to the UNCP in Second Life campus: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dotoorak/221/169/65/.

Thanks for coming!

–Dr. Tony Curtis

Anthony R. Curtis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mass Communication
Director, UNCP in Second Life Campus
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Email: acurtis at uncp.edu

Websites:
Faculty: http://www.uncp.edu/home/acurtis
Space: http://www.spacetoday.org
VirtualProf: http://www.virtualprof.org

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