Welcome to the course site for Intro to Media at Bard College

This course offers a foundation in media history and theory, and critically engages with both "old" and "new" media. We use traditional humanistic approaches such as close reading and visual literacy as well as hands-on experimentation with media forms as part of our ongoing examinations of how material conditions shape discourse.

Experience of Living Without A Phone

I didn’t suspect not having my phone for two days to be all too troubling; I’ve lived extended periods of time before this experience without a phone. But I faced a few problems here at Bard without a phone that I did not face when I was living at home in Philly.   I didn’t bother bringing an alarm clock…

No phone no problem??

I was excited when I gave┬áMaria my phone for 2 days. I’ve always felt kind of anxious and skeptical of phones and how they impact my life, which is probably why I don’t have a smart phone. Some┬ápeople use phones in really interesting and strange ways, which I appreciate, but I’ve never been able to adopt that method, and instead…

Final Project Writing Due: Dec 9 at noon

Hello, this is a notice of a general extension on the final project writing, which is now due at noon on Friday, Dec. 9 to Aspinwall 306. Please remember that it should be at least 3 full pages for individuals, 4 for groups of two, in addition to the bibliography. Be sure to take an appropriately scholarly tone, as I…

Text Classification and Topic Modeling on Presidential Candidates’ Tweets

For my final project, I decided to explore the nature of Walter Benjamin’s “politicized art” as it relates to social media of a political variety. I downloaded every Tweet from the main Twitter accounts of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein from the dates each individual announced their running for president, until November…