Media & Labor

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Media & Labor
Spring 2023
Taught By: Cassius Adair
Section: A

CRN: 13887

Credits: 3

From the shuttering of local newspapers to the proliferation of platform-based gig work, contemporary media labor is increasingly unstable. As some media workers unionize, some suffer massive layoffs, and some– a very few– become fabulously wealthy, scholars and activists are reevaluating how labor impacts how we create, consume, and understand media. In this course, we will 1) analyze the urgent media and labor issues of our current moment, especially the challenges of understanding work and justice in digital environments; 2) explore how questions of labor impacted the development of major media industries over the twentieth century; and 3) understand how race, gender, sexuality, ability, and other social systems produce disproportionate opportunities and challenges for media workers and consumers across historical periods. Students will hear from media workers and organizers throughout the semester, and will produce either scholarly research papers or activist-oriented media projects by the end of term.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 9

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 10:46am EDT 9/22/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 911
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023