Communication, New Media and Everyday Life
Tony Chalkley, Adam Brown, Toija Cinque, Brad Warren, Mitchell Hobbs, and Mark Finn
Table of Contents
Part 1: Media and Society
1. Introduction: What exactly is communication? (basic devices, tools and approaches to 'how we say what it is we have to say')
2. What exactly is media and what is 'new' in new media
3. Subtext, hidden meaning and subliminal messages. Are we really just mass media sponges?
4. 'Tell me a story!' The function of narrative and communication tools in everyday life
5. Non verbal Communication. Why are you acting so defensively?
6. I'm sorry, but I'm not going to apologise. Gender and communication, why and how men and women communicate and why is this 'Mars and Venus' stuff so popular?
7. The role of advertising in designing desire; how do the advertising people use communication to make us want stuff - introducing the idea of semiotics
8. Semiotics - making meaning from signs and symbols
9. Postmodernism. Hyperreality and Simulacra, with a theoretical emphasis on Jameson and Baudrillard.
Part 2: Content and Culture
10. Ideology and Meaning in Film: Life in Surround Sound
11. Organisational/professional communication; some models for understanding the world of work
12. Values, ideals and power in the brave new digital world
13. Constructed reality - dating, selling, deception and crime. What's 'real' now days?
Part 3: Communication and Control
14. 'Be nice or I'll delete you': Social networking and the transformation of social norms
15. Gaming and Gamers
16. Has Captain Jack Sparrow got an i-pod? Piracy, creativity and ownership in the digital age
17. Why is everybody staring? Surveillance society is here to stay
18. Is 'new' media producing 'new' form of semiotics? Reality TV and the construction of self. What would Michel Foucault do if he was in the big brother house?
19. Conclusion; are we 'less' or 'more' in the digital age?