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FYRS -- First Year Research Seminar (Winter 2023): Whiddon

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Course Description: Critical Approaches to Streaming Media

Critical Approaches to Streaming Media: This course will explore how various academic disciplines (fine arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences) have considered the ways that streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, etc. have affected both producers and consumers of music. We'll also take some time to examine how visual culture-movies, television, etc.-have been affected by such changes in viewing. We'll read a range of voices: historians, artists, economists, technologists; we'll examine shifts in consumption and taste given the large-scale movement away from physical product. Along the way, we'll talk about close-reading, claims, evidence, quantitative literacy, and argument-making. Our goal is not to definitively answer if streaming has been "good" (for artists? for promoters? for consumers?), but rather to gain a clearer understanding of the factors that play into how we listen to music, watch movies and television, and consume (and make sense of) the world around us.

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Shervin Hajipour, an Iranian musician, was reportedly arrested days after posting a song that has become the soundtrack to the country’s biggest civil uprising in decades. (Source: The Guardian)

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