Since MTV’s inaugural broadcast in 1981, the music video format has irrevocably altered the ways in which audiences experience, interpret, and consume popular music in the United States. Despite its continued success, the music video genre has long been the subject of critiques from across the political spectrum due to its frequently problematic representations of women, people of color, and/or queer individuals. Departing from a brief historical overview of the birth of US music video, MTV¿s impacts, and its aesthetic/thematic conventions, this interdisciplinary course will focus on the multiple, and often conflicting, readings that emerge regarding issues of race, gender, and sexuality across a broad range of visual and sonic texts.
The Class: Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-page papers; one additional short discussion assignment
Extra Info: meeting time: mornings
Materials/Lab Fee: $30-45