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American Media, Culture and Globalization - JMBZ193
Anglický název: American Media, Culture and Globalization
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (20)
Minimální obsazenost: 5
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D.
Vyučující: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D.
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Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Tomáš Klvaňa, M.A., Ph.D. (02.10.2018)

IMS FSV UK – Katedra severoamerických studií




Tomáš Klvaňa, Ph D, M.A


American Media, Culture and Globalization

Class Description

With the onset of globalization, very few industries have gone through changes so profound as media. The journalism business model has collapsed. Digital communication has transformed ways we communicate and argue, vote, make a living, organize our economy and politics. Political, cultural and economic changes influenced by globalism and instantaneous communication made us question basic assumptions of our lives. They shape how we prosper, dream and fear. The course helps students to think about, analyze and evaluate the interplay of media, communication, culture, politics and economy.

Desired Outcomes

Students will understand key globalization trends and processes as they manifest themselves in culture, media, economy and politics. They will demonstrate an ability to use and apply relevant concepts, and gain insights into the world increasingly shaped by media.

Assessment Components

10%   -- Class Attendance

20%   -- Class Activity

·       Discussion moderated by professor based on course reading, films and lectures

·       Possible short quizzes based on readings

·       Short student presentations

35% -- Midterm Examination (several short essay-type answers; closed book and notes: students will not be allowed to use any course or internet resources)

35% -- Final Examination (three hand-written essays in class; comprehensive; open notes and books: students are allowed to use the course resources)

A failure to submit or fulfill any of the above would result in the F grade for the course.

Assessment Expectations

Grade A: Excellent work demonstrating a critical and observant approach to the subject, sound research and an ability to express thoughts cogently and persuasively. Grade B: Very good work. Grade C: Satisfactory work. Grade F: Failure to achieve a passable standard.


A = 91-100, B = 81-90, C = 71-80, F = 70 and below

Required Text(s)

Articles/Papers (available online)

·       David Kushner – The Masked Avengers: How Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson. The New Yorker, Sept. 8, 2014 https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/08/masked-avengers

·       Adrian Chen – The Agency. The New York Times, June 2, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html?_r=0

·       Shoshana Zuboff – Disruption’s Tragic Flaw. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March 23, 2015 http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/the-digital-debate/shoshana-zuboff-on-the-sharing-economy-13500770.html

·       Shoshana Zuboff – The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March 5, 2016 http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/the-digital-debate/shoshana-zuboff-secrets-of-surveillance-capitalism-14103616.html?printPagedArticle=true#pageIndex_2



·       David Leigh, Luke Harding  - WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy (Introduction; Chapters 1-5 and 9-13)

·       Evgeny Morozov – The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World (Chapters 1-6)

·       Jaron Lanier – Who Owns the Future? (Parts 1,2,3,6 and the Conclusion)


Films and Videos

·       We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012), a documentary film by Brian Knappenberger - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-_2z8QlC1o

·       We Steal Secrets – The Story of WikiLeaks (2013). A documentary film by Alex Gibney -  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1v53f8_we-steal-secrets-the-story-of-wikileaks_tv

·       Kony 2012. A campaign video by The Invisible Children, an NGO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

·       Tickling Giants. A film by Sara Taksler (2016)

·       Stand-Up Comedy by Maz Jobrani (excerpts); Interviews with Wajeeha al Huwaider, a Saudi Arabian female activist; Rais Le Bled – video clip by El General, a Tunisian hip hop artist

·       Charlie Rose interviews Naomi Klein on Shock Doctrine


Optional Texts

Anthony Giddens                   - The Runaway World

Thomas Friedman                  - The Lexus and the Olive Tree

Thomas Friedman                  - The World is Flat 

Thomas Friedman                  - Hot, Flat and Crowded

Clay Shirky                                - Here Comes Everybody

Clay Shirky                                - Cognitive Surplus

Evgeny Morozov                    - To Save Everything Click Here

Jaron Lanier                             - You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

Samuel Huntington               - The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

Benjamin Barber                    - Jihad versus McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy

Francis Fukuyama                 - The End of History and the Last Man

Robin Wright                           - Rock the Casbah

Naomi Klein                              - No Logo

Naomi Klein                              - The Shock Doctrine




Week 1



Week 2



Post-Gutenberg Universe 

In-class videos – Clay Shirky

Required reading: Assange (Introduction and Chapters 1-3)


Week 3


Social Networks and the Global Revolution in Journalism

Required viewing: We Steal Secrets – The Story of WikiLeaks (2013). A documentary film by Alex Gibney. We shall watch a part of the film in class. Students will then watch the rest on their own.

Required reading: Assange (Chapters 4, 5 and 9)


Week 4


Social Networks and the Global Revolution in Journalism

In-Class Film: We Are Legion – The Story of the Hacktivists (2012). A documentary film by Brian Knappenberger

Required reading: Assange (Chapters 10-13); Kushner – The Masked Avengers


Week 5



A Digital Delusion?

In-Class Video: Kony 2012

Required reading: Morozov (Chapters 1-3)


Week 6



A Digital Delusion?

Required reading: Morozov (Chapters 4-6); Chen – The Agency


Week 7





Week 8

Midterm Examination

Globalism and the Backlash (Giddens, Friedman)

Required Reading: Lanier (Part One)


Week 9


American Media and Culture: Liberation, or Imperialism? (Boorstin, Bloom)

In-class Videos: Maz Jobrani; Wajeeha al Huwaider, El General

Required Reading: Lanier (Parts Two and Three)


Week 10



American Media and Culture: Liberation, or Imperialism?

In-class film: Tickling Giants

Required Reading: Lanier (Part Six)


Week 11

Digital Disruption

In-class Videos: Lanier, Zuboff

Required Readings:  Lanier (Conclusion); Zuboff – Disruption’s Tragic Flaw



Week 12


Digital Disruption

In-Class Video: Charlie Rose Interviews Naomi Klein on Shock Doctrine

Required Reading:  Zuboff – The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism

& Course Review






January -- TBD




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