VCC400H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Media Studies, Old Media, New Media

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1. VCC 400
Final Essay (Due Dec 1)
Description of device (no more than half a page)
Definition of media archaeology (what is it? What are its methods and aims?
Definition of imaginary media (what is it? Why is it important to the
methods and aims of media archaeology?) (no more than half a page)
User analysis
-How does your device determine the situation of its user? (The medium is
the message)
Historical analysis
-histories of the present (How does the user analysis of your device enrich
our understanding of contemporary media
reference to, and engagement with, at least three of the required readings
on the syllabus (by three different authors)
-at least one of these three should be a reading assigned in weeks 5-10
Ernst “Dis/ continunites
1. Conditions of knowledge determined by media technologies in a given
historical time/place
(Foucault’s archaeology of knowledge)
media technologies= “external memory
-media determine our relationship to the past
2. Cultural technology of archives (eg. Libraries, museums)
Old media “read only memory”
Film/television archives (experienced “cottage films”)
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