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Media Studies - Gaming, the Internet and Social Media

Learn how gaming, the Internet, and social media affect culture and society with this free media studies course.

Media and Journalism
Free Course
Video gaming can have both positive and negative effects. Team building, competition, and problem-solving are all positive things that can be learned through video gaming, while video game addiction can have a highly negative impact on people's personal lives. This free Media Studies - Gaming, the Internet and Social Media course will introduce you to the effects electronic games, the internet, and social media have had on culture and society.

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Description

This course will start by explaining the important innovations that drove the acceptance of video games. You will study the developments that influenced the evolution of video games and identify the effect of electronic games on culture. You will look into gaming culture, the ways video games affected other forms of media, and how video games can be used for educational purposes. The course will also cover the effects of video game addiction and other controversial issues related to modern video games.

Next, you will look into the technologies that made the Internet accessible and study the causes and effect of the dot-com and market crash. The course will then discuss the positive and negative effects of blogs on the distribution of information and the ways privacy is being addressed on the Internet. You will also study the Internet paradox, the information highway as it relates to the Internet, and the different ways to identify credible sources online. Finally, the course will teach you about net neutrality.

The aesthetics and principles of gaming culture and social media have had a massive effect on mainstream culture. This has led to the gradual acceptance of marginalized social groups, increased comfort with virtual worlds, and the pursuit of new means of interaction. This Media Studies - Gaming, the Internet and Social Media online course will give you a much stronger understanding of how the Internet has made pop culture transmission a two-way street and how virtual worlds have been creating new social spaces. Start your next learning journey, today.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to: - Explain the important innovations that drove the acceptance of video games; - Determine developments that influenced the evolution of video games; - Identify the effect electronic games have on culture; - Describe gaming culture and how it has influenced mainstream culture; - Analyze the ways video games have affected other forms of media. - Describe how video games can be used for educational purposes; - Identify the arguments for and against the depiction of video games as an art; - Describe controversial issues related to modern video games; - Discuss the effects of video game addiction; - Explain how virtual worlds can be used to facilitate learning; - Identify technologies that made the Internet accessible; - Explain the causes and effects of the dot-com boom and crash; - Show the positive and negative effects of blogs on the distribution of information; - Explain the ways privacy has been addressed on the Internet; - Describe the effects of globalization on culture; - Identify the possible effects of news migrating to the Internet; - Define the Internet paradox; - Define information superhighway as it relates to the Internet; - Identify ways to identify credible sources online; - Define net neutrality.

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