La Dernière Classe_Communication under Global Context

Exam questions will be sent in one hour, due on May 1st. Send the final paper asap for peer review. Final paper is due May 6th.


1. Flow and Contra-Flow:

TV & the Internet

Global IPTV subscribers by the end of 2014: 128 million


2. Cosmopolitanism Born of Trauma

citizen of the cosmos

4th century B.C.

Global citizenship

cross-cultural education

Stuart Hall—-discursive meanings

What is at stake?

-Cosmopolitanism can address national traumas

-Uncover identity of a shared humanity rather than nationality, religion, etc.

Truth Reconciliation Commissions

2 case studies: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission & Rwanda

Kwame Anthony Appiah: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006)

National Trauma_definition by Goman & Kelly 2014

Nonhuman life—-Plants are different kind of beings_Heidegger

4. Rethinking the Rhetorical Presidency in a Global Context: War, Democratization, and Agency

Reagan’s speech: Gorbachov

Berlin twitter wall

Chinese netizens calling Obama to tear down the fire wall

5. Political Economy

Power, Ownership and Control, through the lenses of:

History, social totality, moral philosophy, social praxis, commodification, spatialization, structuration

Centrality of power in cosial relations, which defines how resources, including communication resources are produced, distributed, and consumed. How wealth exerts power and in turn how power exerts wealth. Concentrated on wealth generation vs wealth distribution. Grounded in Scottish Enlightenment tradition, based on the value of elements in physics, applied value to human labor. Institutional skepticism, since institutions would inhibit freedom. Media viewed as economic entities not just recreational cultural products. Intellectuals are also agents of social resistance-NWICO (New World Information and Communication Order). Response to efforts of non-aligned movement.

6.  Information Society Theory & Newsworthiness

What is journalists’ role within information society?

Journalism as a profession

historical, influence, ethics

Journalism and Information Society








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