2323 - Thinking the "Unsinkable": The Titanic and Mass Media History
This course is a historical examination of mass communication and the sinking of the Titanic a century ago. Students will gain insights into the role of mass media in communicating news, cultural values, and social mores. Students will be introduced to mass communication theories that help explain the interrelationship of news organizations and their audiences. They will investigate societal and socioeconomic changes that were unfolding in the early 20th century as communicated - and influenced - by mass media of the day, chiefly newspapers. Among topics to be covered will be how the disaster was described by American and British newspapers; the influence of emerging technology on reporting and on society Also explored will be the nascent advertising and public relations industries as they responded with what we now call “crisis communications,” a role that, though refined over the years, remains much the same with each new natural or human-made calamity. Lecture (plus questions); Facilitated Discussion.
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