Perhaps the biggest criticism about today’s media is that it is biased. Miriam Webster defines bias as an inclination of temperament or outlook. Is bias inescapable or do we secretly want it in the media we consume? In this course, we will learn about the history of media bias and how it exists in today’s media coverage. We will explore ways to learn about your own bias as a news consumer and how to evaluate – and counterbalance - bias in news coverage.
This short course is about the study of humor and its role/function in a variety of communication contexts, including interpersonal and mediated communication. Students will explore the leading theories, functions, and styles of humor as we self-reflect on our own sense of humor and the influences that helped shape it. This class calls for fun through interactive activities and group discussions. (Term 2 Class)
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