Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered: AWSp.
Do immersive games change our brains? Do violent films promote violent acts? Traditional scholarship around the concepts of media, matter, and thought tend to frame its questions in terms of how media affects humans. This class approaches the relations among media, matter, and thought differently. Through readings/screenings from new media, science fiction, continental philosophy, and experimental science and technology studies we will explore the potential for media itself to become thinking matter. Readings may include: Gilles Deleuze, Jussi Parikka, Eugene Thacker, China Mieville, H.P. Lovecraft, Quentin Meillassoux, Reza Negarestani.
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