Derek Luttrell – Media Life 101

Like me, you probably registered for this class, noticed it’s a lecture with about 400 kids, and–as our minimally active, underdeveloped minds have taught us–instinctively thought “YES! I can totally skip this class on a weekly basis.” This, for the most part, is true. I had this revelation on this first day of class, but, just as quickly, realized that this is not a class I would ever want to miss. T101 isn’t just an introductory class that buys time until you start taking 2 and 300-level courses, but rather a catalyst to get our young minds thinking philosophically about all the varying effects media have on our lives. Coming out of this class, odds are good that you will re-evaluate how much time you spend on Facebook, and you will probably hate yourself every time you find yourself pretending to be on your phone to look busy in public. If nothing more, this class has opened my eyes to just how much we make media, and, subsequently, media make us; oh, and to the shameless fashion sense of the Dutch, because Deuze can wear some crazy shit sometimes.


Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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