UC SANTA BARBARA

Graduate - Winter - 2019

Global Media: Culture, Labor, Capital

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Winter - 2019
262GM
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Description

Despite the stunning diversity of media content available today, the most widely circulated texts are produced by industrial organizations that adhere to a shared corpus of protocols and practices engendered by the logics of media capital. This course explores the institutional and labor conditions of contemporary screen media, paying special attention to the emergence of a globally networked apparatus of motion picture production and circulation that is fueled by corporate conglomeration, financialization, and the immiseration of creative labor. Abetted by complicit government policies, global players insinuate themselves into local contexts and local players embrace global practices in order to sustain and extend their zones of influence. 262GM draws on exemplary cases from around the world in order to critically examine the push-pull dynamics of cultural globalization in the 21st century.

Michael Curtin

Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair and Distinguished Professor

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