By Chad Hewitt
Each week, students discussed the differences between these elements throughout the history of the television industry and evaluated how they have affected the industry itself. Other topics the class discussed included representation of marginalized groups in the media, the history and implications of legacy television and the future of the industry itself.
Dr. Christian also set up opportunities for the students to talk directly with industry professionals from networks like Showtime, Hulu, and HBO via Skype. Students were also given the chance to give “Critical Karaoke” presentations, in which examples of television specific to that week’s topic were evaluated using the framework for the class.
Students in Digital TV thoroughly enjoyed the course because of the structure of the class. Student Haley Baker commented, “Digital TV was my favorite class this quarter. I particularly loved how AJ blended lectures, class discussions, student presentations, and talks with industry professionals. It gave us a very practical and meaningful glimpse into the industry.”