Philip Edward Howard
Focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of the humanities with an emphasis on writing. Investigation of forms and methods the humanities employ to explore life's biggest questions. Team-taught lectures and discussion sections for freshmen. Offered: W.
This course will explore the relationship between new media technology and society. New media technologies have an important role in our modern social lives, but history is replete with important socio-technical transitions. While societies do construct new technologies, scientific advances and engineering innovations often have an impact on social development. Likely topics include the interaction of material, artificial and social systems; surveillance and political technologies; and the role of new media technologies and cultural change in poor countries. The course will review some of the great historical periods of rapid change in media technologies, and look at how such technologies have had an impact on our political, economic and cultural lives. This course has several objectives: to teach students about the ideas, people, and cultural meanings of new media technologies; to give students cultural literacy and practical familiarity with new technology, analog and digital; and give students to develop their own sophisticated critiques about the role of technology and innovation in communication and culture through short, regular writing assignments.
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