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CMS.S61 Immersive Worlds and Media Sociology

TL Taylor
L01 W2-5
Units: 3-0-9

This course focuses on a critical media sociology of immersive spaces, from “virtual” environments and avatar-based worlds to theme parks. Drawing on both historical and contemporary cases, we will investigate key issues including, for example, communication & community, authorship & co-creativity, embodiment & identity, and ownership, governance, and management. Woven throughout is an attention to the cultural and socio-technical nature of these environments and their ongoing construction within a broader media system. There are no pre-requisites, but the course will run seminar-style with limited enrollment.