Comparative Media Studies is the examination of media technologies and their cultural, social, aesthetic, political, ethical, legal, and economic implications. At MIT, students are trained to think critically about properties of all media and about the shared properties of different media, as well as the shared properties and functions of media more generally, both within one period of time and across generations.

MIT Comparative Media Studies offers both undergraduate degree opportunities, as well as a two-year course of study leading to an SM degree.

MIT Comparative Media Studies research and educational projects explore a wide variety of traditional media and their uses in education, entertainment, communication, politics, and commerce. Faculty are widely recognized for their leadership in developing both archival and instructional interactive projects, creating new models for thinking about, producing, and using digital media. Through several research and project initiatives we work closely with Microsoft, Initiative Media, LeapFrog Enterprises, American Theatre Wing, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Recent Submissions

  • 21F.027J / CMS.874 / 21H.917J Visualizing Cultures, Spring 2003 ?

    Dower, John W.; Miyagawa, Shigeru (2003-06)
    Extensive reading and discussion of how visual images impose a variety of identities on individuals and societies. Case studies drawn primarily from the Pacific region, and include: identities of individuals in a society; ...
  • 21F.027J / CMS.874 / 21H.917J Visualizing Cultures, Spring 2008 ?

    Dower, John; Miyagawa, Shigeru (2008-06)
    In this new course, students will study how images have been used to shape the identity of peoples and cultures. A prototype digital project looking at American and Japanese graphics depicting the opening of Japan to the ...
  • 21H.418 / CMS.880 Technologies of Word 1450-2000, Fall 2002 ?

    Ravel, Jeffrey S. (2002-12)
    Explores the impact of the printing press upon European politics and culture during the first several centuries after Gutenberg and compares these changes with the possibilities and problems inherent in contemporary ...

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