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Media as a foundation

Media are the means through which society is reflected, tested, challenged, and changed.  Media names the diverse modes of communication from the hieroglyph to the algorithm, encompassing the myriad technologies, forms, and practices by which information circulates amongst a global population. Media names the transformation of every discipline by new arrangements of texts and information, new requirements for interpretation, evaluation, and formal media production for every college graduate.

It is an ancient concept that remains cutting edge in its applications. Ezra Cornell made his fortune by investing in the media infrastructure of the nineteenth century; we renew his belief by affirming the centrality of media to our times.

Cornell Media Studies is unique for its broad historical reach, and for the collaborative interaction among the disciplines from Classics to Information Science.