History of American Political Media

New School for Social Research: Historical Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Histories of Political Media

Fall 2020

Taught By: Claire Potter

Section: A

CRN: 8741

Credits: 3

How are political ideas proposed, contested, and received? How do novel communications technologies and strategies expand, or restrict, participation in civic life? Can new media – pamphlets, oral communications, and aural, televisual and digital platforms – actually make history? Beginning with the rise of print and ending with social media, this course examines the evolution of political communications technologies as a historical force. In addition to analyzing the terms under which new communications technologies have emerged and been deployed in the service of politics, we will consider the ways in which new literacies become necessary a necessary component of full citizenship; and when the lack of literacy, or access to media, has been a barrier to political participation. Using Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities (1983) as an initial provocation, we will examine historical phenomena that are associated with, and sometimes driven, by political media: nationalism, mass mobilization, the emergence of grassroots movements, rumors, falsehoods, and the spread of conspiracy theories are themes that will thread throughout the course. Undergraduates may only be admitted to the seminar by permission of instructor only.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Historical Studies (GHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:20am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/15/2020