Digital Media

A.Y. 2024/2025
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The main objective of this course is to provide the fundamental tools for critically reflecting on digital media, their historical roots, their changing nature, their relationship with traditional media and familiarize students with the main theories and concepts in the debate on the digital society. In addition to the historical and theoretical reflections on the topic, basic analytical tools for the study of digital parties will be illustrated presenting recent cases. The course adopts sociology of communication as a privileged lens for analyzing the relationship between digital media and society in the constant dialectic between technological determinism and social constructivism. The course will focus in particular on the relationship between the digital and classic areas of sociological reflection such as culture, identity, inequality and participation. On a practical level, successful cases as well as examples of failure of some technological innovations will be discussed devoting particular attention to the processes of social appropriation and shaping.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course students should have acquired the following skills: ability to critically discuss the concept of "new" media and to recognize the "founding myths" of the internet; knowledge of the complex relation between traditional and digital media in the "hybrid" media system; mastery of the main theories elaborated in the study of "Computer-Mediated Communication" and the "Network Society"; historical knowledge of the main phases of internet development with particular reference to the digitalization of analogue media (changes in production, distribution and consumption models) and to the distinctive features of digital media; ability to reflect critically on the relationship between digital media, personal identity and sociability; familiarity with the different dimensions and interpretative hypotheses of the digital divide; understanding of the changes affecting political participation in the digital public sphere with particular attention to digital parties. The final exam aims to verify the expected learning outcomes in relation to: knowledge and understanding of the main theories developed in the debate on the digital society, critical presentation of approaches, concepts and empirical results related to the topics discussed during the course.
Single course

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Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Aiello Giorgia
Professor: Aiello Giorgia