From the course description:
This course examines the cultural impact of new digital technologies such as the Internet and new telephonic and audiovisual media. We will survey the origins of digital communication and the Internet and engage closely with contemporary scholarship on digital technologies, the Internet, the institutions that control these technologies.
In preparation for this course, I wrote the class last week alerting them to a few important points before we get started:
- This is a "graduate-style, undergraduate course." The class is small and the material is open-ended so we’ll run it like a seminar.
- We are not using Blackboard this semester. Its most recent "update" has the responsiveness of a 100-year-old tortoise. I’m done with it.
- I didn’t provide the bookstore with a list if books because I expect us to change our plan somewhat as the course progresses.
- Students will contribute to the "design" of this course throughout the fall as much as I did when I outlined a plan in August.
The class begins on Tuesday, September 3.