The development of digital media over the past decade has upended many traditional models of culture industries. This course examines three industries: television, film, and music that have been the locus of these developments. It explores political economy, regulation, and cultures of production. It addresses the history of media industries and theories by which we might critically examine their operation and influence on representational texts. Some issues to be considered: How do individuals 'create' within complex organizational structures? What are the relationships between industry, government, text, and audience? What are the economic models by which culture industries operate, and how are they successfully and unsuccessfully challenged? How do the perspectives of culture industries influence the representational texts that we consume on a daily basis? How might one be an ethnical media consumer and producer?