Catalogue 2020 - 2021

COMM 324 Media Industries, Government, and Society


3 cr.


COMM 100 or COMM 233, and COMM 205.

Course Description

This course explores the relationship among media industries, government, and society in the United States. The course will provide a brief history of media regulation and deregulation, examine the impact of new media (cable, satellites, and the Internet) on old media (broadcast television and radio), consider how to define and to operate media in the public interest, and scrutinize the relationship among corporate interests, government interests, consumer interests, and citizen interests. Students will also examine the role of news media and entertainment media-as well as news media as entertainment media-and the effects of media mergers on media technologies, the government, and U.S. culture.