This course approaches questions of class in media, both as represented on screen, and in relation to processes of production, consumption, and activism. We will examine these questions from “the bottom up,” highlighting the knowledge, culture, and perspectives of everyday working people. We will consider our own media usage/creation, and our own relation to questions of class and labor, in both theoretical and practical terms.
Questions of intersectionality and power will be core to this course. What formal strategies have emerged at different historical moments to represent class? How do media narratives about class intersect with narratives regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexuality? How do issues of class and capital impact the production of mainstream media, and who performs what labor within the media technology industries? How can media be used to resist mainstream narratives? How can we use media, in real and practical ways, and how will that labor be valued?