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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21L.715 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Media in Cultural Context 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Literature 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Joshua Green 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21L.715 / CMS.871 Media in Cultural Context

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    21L.715 / CMS.871 Media in Cultural Context

    Spring 2007

    Black and white photo of a television abandoned in the dry prairie grass.
    Television left out on the prairie. (Image courtesy of autowitch.)

    Course Description

    This course explores the international trade in television text, considering the ways in which 'foreign' programs find places within 'domestic' schedules. Looking at the life television texts maintain outside of their home market, this course examines questions of globalization and national cultures of production and reception. Students will be introduced to a range of positions about the nature of international textual trade, including economic arguments about the structuring of international markets and ethnographic studies about the role imported content plays in the formation of hybrid national identities. Students will be encouraged to consider the role American content is made to play in non-American markets.

    Recommended Citation

    For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

    Joshua Green, course materials for 21L.715/CMS.871 Media in Cultural Context, Spring 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].


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